Designs by Philip Speakman Webb

Designs by Philip Speakman Webb

Arts & Crafts Furniture

One of the Arts & Crafts movement's most original designers, Philip Speakman Webb established an innovative approach to the design of domestic space. We were delighted to include a selection of examples by Webb for Morris & Co in our 28 June 2022, Hints on Household Taste auction.

A talented and versatile Arts & Crafts designer and architect, Philip Speakman Webb was one of the movement's most original designers, establishing an innovative approach to the design of domestic space. After meeting in 1856, Philip Webb began collaborating with William Morris at Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (later Morris & Co.) in 1861. Webb’s first commission was Red House in 1859, Morris' first home for which Webb is perhaps most well known. On 28 June 2022, our Hints on Household Taste auction featured a selection of fine examples by Webb for Morris & Co.

 


 

LOT 189 | UNUSUAL OVAL CENTRE TABLE, CIRCA 1880

 

LOT 189 | PHILIP SPEAKMAN WEBB (1831-1915) FOR MORRIS & CO. | UNUSUAL OVAL CENTRE TABLE, CIRCA 1880 | £6,000 - £8,000 + feesLOT 189 | PHILIP SPEAKMAN WEBB (1831-1915) FOR MORRIS & CO. | UNUSUAL OVAL CENTRE TABLE, CIRCA 1880 | Sold for £10,625*

 

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After designing a similar table for Sir Edward Burne-Jones in the 1850's, the firm later produced several related examples for high-profile commissions. These included Old Swan House, Chelsea, designed by Sir Richard Norman Shaw for the connoisseur Wickham Flower, and Great Tangley Manor in Sussex, where Webb carried out extensions in 1885. A similar walnut version of this table is in the collection at Standen, the Arts and Crafts house Webb designed in 1891, now in the care of the National Trust.

 


 

LOT 184 | ARTS & CRAFTS 'KELMSCOTT' TABLE, CIRCA 1875

 

LOT 184 | PHILIP SPEAKMAN WEBB (1831-1915) FOR MORRIS & CO. | ARTS & CRAFTS 'KELMSCOTT' TABLE, CIRCA 1875 | £5,000 - £7,000 + feesLOT 184 | PHILIP SPEAKMAN WEBB (1831-1915) FOR MORRIS & CO. | ARTS & CRAFTS 'KELMSCOTT' TABLE, CIRCA 1875 | Sold for £6,250*

 

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This model was originally designed by Philip Webb circa 1875, and which William Morris had in his study at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith. There is a watercolour by Mary A. Sloane ('May Morris in Tapestry Room at Kelmscott Manor', 1910-15), which depicts William Morris' daughter May editing the twenty-four volumes of Collected Works by William Morris at the Kelmscott table. The picture is held in the William Morris Gallery, Waltham Forest, London. A table of this design can still be found in the Tapestry Room at Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire.

 


 

LOT 197 | LARGE ARTS & CRAFTS OAK CABINET, CIRCA 1890 

LOT 197 | PHILIP SPEAKMAN WEBB (1831-1915) FOR MORRIS & CO. | LARGE ARTS & CRAFTS OAK CABINET, CIRCA 1890 | £3,000 - £5,000 + feesLOT 197 | PHILIP SPEAKMAN WEBB (1831-1915) FOR MORRIS & CO. | LARGE ARTS & CRAFTS OAK CABINET, CIRCA 1890 | Sold for £4,000*

 

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The canopy over the central shelves recalls the canopy Philip Webb employed in the settle which he designed for his friend and associate William Morris' Red House, which subsequently moved to Kelmscott Manor. In keeping with Arts & Crafts values this cabinet recalls earlier historic forms, it is devoid of superfluous ornamentation and places an emphasis on the overall form, structure and materials used.

 


 

LOT 196 | ARTS & CRAFTS DRAWING ROOM CABINET, CIRCA 1870

LOT 196 | PHILIP SPEAKMAN WEBB (1831-1915) FOR MORRIS & CO. | ARTS & CRAFTS DRAWING ROOM CABINET, CIRCA 1870 | £4,000 - £6,000 + feesLOT 196 | PHILIP SPEAKMAN WEBB (1831-1915) FOR MORRIS & CO. | ARTS & CRAFTS DRAWING ROOM CABINET, CIRCA 1870 | Sold for £4,500*

 

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LOT 192 | ARTS & CRAFTS DISPLAY CABINET, CIRCA 1880 

 

LOT 192 | PHILIP WEBB (1831-1915) (ATTRIBUTED DESIGNER) FOR MORRIS & CO. (ATTRIBUTED MAKER) | ARTS & CRAFTS DISPLAY CABINET, CIRCA 1880 | £1,500 - £2,500 + feesLOT 192 | PHILIP WEBB (1831-1915) (ATTRIBUTED DESIGNER) FOR MORRIS & CO. (ATTRIBUTED MAKER)
ARTS & CRAFTS DISPLAY CABINET, CIRCA 1880 | Sold for £1,625*

 

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This interesting cabinet demonstrates design elements characteristic of Philip Webb's furniture for Morris & Co. The deep mouldings to the apron frieze, the supported interior shelf, the canted form and the shaped cut-out apron are all found in furniture by Webb for the firm, who continued to produce his designs for furniture well into the 20th century.

 


 

Auction Information

 

Hints on Household Taste : Paul Reeves

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 | Edinburgh | Live Online

 

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