Thursday 28 April 2016
Thursday 28 April 2016 11.15 am – 4.00 pm approx.
Noted dealer, Paul Reeves has graciously invited the FHS to his home see his wonderful collection of decorative arts primarily focusing on the Arts and Crafts Movement. Paul opened his first antiques shop in 1976 and has a large clientele of private collectors and museums around the world. Many important works by designers such as William Burges, E. W. Godwin, Christopher Dresser and the Pugins have passed through his hands. There will also be a chance to explore the furniture storage areas on the site.
In 1909 the Hon. Claud Biddulph commissioned Ernest Barnsley to design a “cottage in the country” on his Rodmarton estate. Work continued until 1929 and the house which is still owned by the Biddulph family remains largely unaltered. The project was responsible for the revival of many traditional Cotswolds including furniture making. Most of the furniture was made specially for house, either in the Rodmarton workshops or by Sidney Barnsley, Ernest Barnsley or Peter Waals. The house is an impressive monument to the fine design and craftsmanship of the Cotswold School. As C. R. Ashbee noted in his journal after a visit in 1914, “the Eng. Arts and Crafts Movement is at its best here”.
Cost per person including lunch: £55 Limit: 15 members