4th May, 2021 13:00

Design - Two Day Sale - Live Online

Lot 64


An Arts and Crafts oak wardrobe

An Arts and Crafts oak wardrobe,
by Brynmawr Furniture Makers Ltd., with panelled cupboards and sides, opening to reveal two sections with shelves, over a hanging space with a shoe rack, with five drawers to the right-hand side, the door fixed with a mirror and tie rail, unmarked, on a stand,
112cm wide
54cm deep
176cm high

Brynmawr Furniture Makers Ltd was a furniture manufacturing company set up amid the Great Depression as part of the Brynmawr Experiment in Brynmawr, Wales. Following the General Strike 1926, Brynmawr had been particularly badly affected and was left with high levels of unemployment. Brynmawr Furniture Makers factory was set up as part of Quaker-led effort to tackle the issues starting in 1929 it closed in 1939.

A small group of Quakers arrived in Brynmawr in 1928-9 intending to provide relief supplies and encourage social work. The group was led by Peter Scott, who began developing ways to encourage industries and employment.

These were at first incorporated as Brynmawr and Clydach Valleys Ltd and included knitting, Welsh tweed, boot-making, and furniture-making in a former boot factory.

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Sold for £1,800

Condition Report

An area to the base of the left side is missing some of the wood pieces - image attatched. The base is slightly loose. Otherwise good overall.



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Auction: Design - Two Day Sale - Live Online, 4th May, 2021



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Thirty-minute time slots will be available from:

Fri 30 April, 9am - 5pm

Sat 1 May, 10am - 2pm

Sun 2 May, 10am - 2pm

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