MH Baillie Scott was an interesting character. He designed a wide range of houses & interiors, & was close in many ways to Voysey. Most of his interiors & furniture was traditional in nature, often just plain wood surfaces, & interesting shapes. But his watercolour designs were really stunning, vivid Arts & Crafts interiors alive with colour. You get the feeling these were a showcase for his talents rather interiors actually carried out, or meant to be carried out.
This was a real shame, because they are so inventive & colourful it would have been great to see a few completed. They lack the restraint of Voyseys' clean interiors, they are a riot of almost folk art pattern & colour. You can clearly see why they probably didn't appeal to the typical Arts & Crafts enthusiast. Even today many would consider them too 'busy' to live with. And yet the last 20 years has seen people much more receptive to pattern & colour in their interiors. To this end we are adding some of our own designs for Baillie Scott furniture, based on his watercolour ideas.
This range of table designs are all based on the Morris style table below. They are an attempt to show the variations possible with a good Arts & Crafts table design. Many, if not all of them, are classifiable as Art Furniture - that style where the 'honest' integrity of solid wood Arts & Crafts furniture was crossed with the styling of artist designers like Baillie Scott, Mackintosh, Bradley, etc.
In fact, probably more than anyone, a debt is owed to Baillie-Scott with these designs, they are really a continuation of the brilliant design and use of colouring he developed, but which never reached a wide market.
We intend to produce a lot more work in this vein. You can see similar decorative treatments on a page of mirror designs in the Arts & Crafts furniture section. As already explained we can make these tables in a whole host of sizes, wood/paint combinations, different shaped tops, finishes, etc. Please enquire for more details.
This dining table closely follows examples by Morris, Stickley and other A's & C's designers. This example has a green painted base, the idea coming from Morris' own table in Cheltenham Museum. The Oak top is 47" in diameter. This was designed to be produced quite economically, but still offer the Arts and Crafts style sucessfully.
We can also supply the top in solid wood, with either round, square, rectangular, sextagonal or octagonal shaped tops. The base could be left in natural wood, or finished to a colour of your choice. The size can also be made to your requirements. Made to order.