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A Diminutive Cotswold Movement Low Table

A late 20th century diminutive mahogany Cotswold Movement low table with satinwood and ebony banding, made by Oliver Morel.

English, 1975
Note: Oliver Morel was famed for his development of raised inlays which can be seen on the edging of this table.

Oliver George Morel 1916-1996 was a fine furniture maker in the Arts and Crafts tradition. Having studied under Edward Barnsely at Froxfield, Hampshire from 1934 he quickly realised he could make more money making furniture than continuing his tuition so threw himself into it full time, becoming a fully fledged member of staff in 1935.

A temporary teaching job encouraged him to undertake part-time teaching studies and in 1938 he was appointed woodwork master back at Rendcomb College, where he met his future wife, Adelaide, also a teacher.

Throughout the war years, as a conscientious objector, he kept the workshop ticking over and, in 1948 move to Herefordshire to establish a workshop where he remained for a few years until he moved in the early 1960s to Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds, where, for a time, Birkett had a neighbouring workshop.

Impressed by an earlier inlaid casket made by Sharpe, Morel in the 1950s developed a technique of raised inlay in a series of caskets ornamented with lettering and motifs. The same technique was later used in a small number of spectacular pieces such as his cabinet at Rodmarton Manor (1972) and the "Sussex Chest". From sketches by the artist Alice Barnwell and using naturally coloured woods, Morel created delicately inlaid panels of plants and birds.

Literature: A.E. Bradshaw's, 1962, Handmade Woodwork of the 20th Century, several exampled illustrated.

Height: 13 1/2 in; 35 cm
Width: 32 1/4 in; 82 cm
Depth: 19 1/4 in; 49.5 cm

Reference: 3270

Price: £1,980

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