Vintage Gordon Russell Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:32:12

Vintage Gordon Russell Furniture is original furniture created by the British craftsman and designer Gordon Russell.

Brief history and description

Gordon Russell was born in 1892, and throughout his life received many awards for his work, which was heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. He served in the military during the First World War, and subsequently became a furniture designer and craftsman.

After the outbreak of the Second World War, Russell was appointed chairman of the UK government’s Utility Furniture Design Panel, before progressing to become an integral part of the Design Council. In 1955, Russell was knighted for his services to the design industry, and retired in 1959.

Guide for collectors

The Gordon Russell Museum celebrates the designer’s works and career, located at his original workshop. Further information on the museum is available at GordonRussellMuseum.org. The Arts and Crafts home, located at AcHome.co.uk, features information on identifying Arts and Crafts objects, as well as listing antique finds of this type.

Russell’s work also frequently appears at both mainstream and specialist auctioneers, as well as ocassionally surfacing on online auctioneers such as eBay. Any prospective collectors considering such a purchase online are advised to ensure the authenticity of the piece before bidding.

The book ‘Designer’s Trade’ is an autobiography of Gordon Russell published in 1968 by Allen & Unwin, and is available on Google books.

Value

The highest price paid at auction for a vintage Gordon Russell piece is £4,100, for a rare and early Gordon Russell oak refectory table, dated from 1923, auctioned from Bonham’s on 28th November 2006. Similar pieces tend to reach the highest prices at auction; typically reaching between £3,000-5000.

Amongst the most affordable of Russell’s works are his chairs, which typically sell for between £90-400.

The lowest price paid at auction for a Gordon Russell piece is £60, for a Gordon Russell rosewood and mahogany coffee table, which auctioned from Bonham’s on 22nd November 2005.

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