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Brynmawr Furniture Makers feature at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair

Posted on 14th February, 2019

Westonbirt School, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 6QG

12th – 14th April 2019

The story of a group of Quakers working in South Wales who produced a range of furniture inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement will be recalled at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury from 12th – 14th April 2019.

Exhibitor Martin Lister of InVogue Antiques will be offering for sale a distinctive oak dining table and set of chairs made by the now famous Brynmawr Furniture Makers in South Wales. Set up in the wake of the Great Depression of 1929, which badly affected
Brynmawr, formerly a prosperous mining town, the story of the furniture factory has gone down in history.

In 1928-29 a group of Quakers arrived in the town to encourage industry & employment. In 1930, they were joined by Paul Matt, the son of a German cabinet maker. A trained designer and a man of vision and energy, he raised £6,000 to establish a furniture business. The local workers lacked skills, so Matt designed a range of simple, sturdy furniture. Soon a Quaker school in York ordered 200 chairs and production began.

Matt designed a variety of pieces for the dining room, bedroom, sitting room and study and drew on his experience as a designer in London during the 1920’s. During that time, he had worked with followers of the Russell Brothers and he was greatly influenced by the simplicity of their designs which were in keeping with the fashion of the day.

Says organiser Sue Ede: ‘This is where people come to decorate and furnish their homes in their own personal style. Mixing and matching antique and contemporary with Mid-Century accessories, fine art, sculpture and furniture from the past centuries. The fair has something for everyone.’

Collectors wanting a special treat will also find specialist jewellers offering fine traditional pieces and a range of 20th century glittering costume accessories.

For the full press release see: The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 12th – 14th April 2019

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