A Pair of Mid-20thC Painted English Art School Chests of Drawers c.1940-55

Origin: English
Period: Mid-20thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1940-55
Height: 32”
Width: 38.75”
Depth: 20” (each)

Of good proportions and a super colour and texture to the slate primer blue paint, the utilitarian design chests of drawers, sourced from an old art school, one chest in pine, the other in oak, both with pull handles and block feet and each surviving from post war England.

The drawers glide smoothly to each with some old paper labels remaining to the drawer fronts. The contruction to each is a little different with each being a mixture of solid timber and ply and the one in oak weighing in more the other. There is an ink stamp to one of the drawers for what looks like (?), Eastfield house, Corbridge, Northumberland.

The designs of the chests are very much post-art deco, with this sort of handle being very much of the period and then the gradual move into the industrial period. It is great that they are a pair which is rarely seen.

These chests would have been part of the daily life of the art rooms for decades and as such they prove fabulously evocative of all that goes with that.