London, Fischer Fine Art, Truth,Beauty and Design, 1986, no.149; London, The Fine Art Society, The Best Shop in London: Part II, 2001, no.53; London, The Fine Art Society, British Design, 2017-18, no.57
Like the previous lot, Arts and Crafts ideals of 'truth to materials' were the fundamental principles of Gimson’s work and are evidenced in the present lot. Described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘the greatest of the English artist-craftsman’, Gimson’s high calibre output and fastidious attention to detail provided an inspiration both for contemporaries and successive generations of craftsmen and designers. Original designs for furniture and most probably this dresser, which was made in the Daneway Workshops at Saperton, Gloucestershire, are in the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum.
This dresser has a lovely quality to it. There are marks and scratches consistent with age and use. The lower section has a back of oak. There is a surface scratch evident to the lower left door (visible to in the catalogue photo). The top of the lower section is very slightly faded. Ink stains to surface of top shelf. One of the lower doors is locked and there is no key. Metal hooks appear original. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."