1930’s Cotswold School Style Oak Desk Peter Waals


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1930’s Cotswold School Style Oak Desk Peter Waals


1930’s Cotswold School Style Oak Art and Crafts Desk by Peter Waals

A wonderful desk by Peter Waals in the Cotswold tradition and built by handicraft students under the guidance of Edward Barnsley.

Peter Waals was considered a prime mover in the development and promotion of the Cotswold Tradition of furniture design and making, and in 1935 became a consultant in design for the handicraft course in Loughborough College’s Teacher Training Department. Waals died suddenly in May 1937. His widow and Leo Waals, his son, battled to keep the workshop going. They moved to new premises, Cotswold Works, until a fire destroyed the building, design, work in progress and the tool boxes of the cabinet-makers in 1938.

Without doubt a fine-looking simply designed desk – unstuffy and classy. The chamfered slender legs are beautifully and subtley joined to the sides with a gentle curve – seamless. The rear of the desk displays open joints and the drawers are finished with hexagon shaped oak knobs.

Workshop report – The desk is firm and solid with a good tone to the solid oak construction. One of the handles does have a nibble taken out but this is historic and not an eye sore. The 3 plank top sits strong and we have lightly bees waxed the piece. The knee hole area does have scuffs and a little rounding to the edges but again not a game changer. No wobbles or bad odours

A super little British Oak Desk.

Dimensions – Overall: Height 76cm x Width 117.5cm x Depth 58cm
Dimensions – Specifically the Kneehole: Height 61.5cm x Width45.5cm

Billy Hunt has successfully focused on British furniture and lighting since 2015. Our base is a 3,000sq foot space on a wonderful country estate in Staffordshire which you are more than welcome to visit, just let us know.

Martina an interior designer qualified from The Inchbald School of Design London partners up with Wayne an ardent gatherer in offering an attention-grabbing, appealing mix of British furniture and lighting from anywhere between 1750 -2000, of all genres. We have an ever-changing flow of interesting stock which works well for home, commercial spaces and interior designers.

When purchasing from us we include delivery in the purchase price and liaise with you to ensure delivery is as swift and as smooth as possible. Please call or email for quotes to Scotland, Northern Ireland and for Worldwide shipping

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  • H: 76cm (29.92in)
  • W: 117cm (46.06in)
  • D: 58cm (22.83in)



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Billy Hunt is an independent partnership based in a wonderful Victorian Farming Buiding once used to stable Dray Horses for Bass Brewery and with the assistance of technology, enjoys serving customers nationally and internationally. The collaboration of successful Interior Designer Martina Reitbauer and Ardent Gatherer Wayne Lawless brings to you an exciting and ever evolving selection of items for your home which do not have the constraints of a particular era, no onus on any particular style or a brand agenda to respect.

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