Arts and Crafts with an English Accent
Desk and wall cabinet make an elegant matched set.
Synopsis: Styled after a well-known English Arts and Crafts manufacturer’s work, this desk incorporates the signature square, flared feet and curved front aprons of the Harris Lebus firm. The wall-mounted gallery is a perfect complement, incorporating Lebus’s signature crown, with its dramatic bevels and exaggerated overhangs. The curved front apron is created with a mix of hand and power tools; the joinery for the desk includes mortise-and-tenon and dovetails. The wall-hung cabinet construction is basic, with routed through-dovetails at the corners and stopped dadoes housing the vertical dividers. An elegant dragonfly inlay enhances the doors.
For several years around the turn of the 20th century, an English manufacturing firm, Harris Lebus, produced classically styled English Arts and Crafts furniture that is highly collectible in Britain today, but not well known in the United States.
Lebus was one of very few Arts and Crafts manufacturers to combine the movement’s…