Philip Webb ~ Trestle tables

Ford Madox brown & Wm Morris & Co  Arts & Crafts movement style dining table

This was another of the earlier Morris & Co. tables designs that was still in their catalogue late on. The table was designed by Philip Webb, and while it is in a Reformed Gothic style, the use of plain surfaces, oak and a simple shape was very close to later Arts & Crafts designs (which shows the influence Webb had on later designers).

You can also see Pugin's influence of 'revealed construction' in many of Webb's early pieces, ie with the use of visible through tenons, chamfering, etc.. The splayed & sloping legs are another feature Webb used often on these early tables.

Webb introduced some interest to the bottom of the legs using carved & cut-out details. While this looks good on most of these designs, the taller table below just had a square cut-out which looks a bit basic. As these tables are made bespoke we can make them to whatever size & wood / finish you like. Shown are a few typical finish options, all oak, black & a dark stained base & lighter oak/wood top (as used on another Webb table shown in this section).

Ford Madox brown & Wm Morris & Co  Arts & Crafts movement style dining table Ford Madox brown & Wm Morris & Co  Arts & Crafts movement style dining table
Ford Madox brown & Wm Morris & Co  Arts & Crafts movement style dining table Ford Madox brown & Wm Morris & Co  Arts & Crafts movement style dining table

The taller table above right must have been used as a serving table, given the extra height & smaller size. Compared to the dining table design this one looks more basic, the proportions are not as pleasing; ie the extra height, the base cross rails look too high, the square feet cut outs.


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