Large 1960s Reynolds of Ludlow solid yew coffee table 182cms

Large 1960s Reynolds of Ludlow solid yew coffee table 182cms

These heavy coffee tables are probably the best known product of Reynolds of Ludlow . Each one is unique , and they come in various sizes , this being one of the largest we could find online .

Its been totally stripped and re-polished by our in-house time served furniture restorer so it’s looking as good as it was when it was made .

It’s 182cms long , 69cms at it’s widest and 40cms high . Retains its original label . Made from solid yew which is 4cms thick , so it’s a very heavy piece .

Arthur Basil Reynolds was born in 1903 . He was a trained cabinet maker with a Quaker Arts and Crafts background . After World War 2 where he served as a Major in the British Army he set up his own furniture manufacturing company on a small scale in 1946 . Their pieces were shown at the 1951 Festival of Britain , and sold through top retailers such as Heals . Arthur Reynolds died in 1960 but his son Garth took over the business and ran it until it closed in 1980 after a disastrous fire . Their most successful pieces in the 1960s and into the 1970s were these solid planked coffee tables . Unlike anything else on the market at the time their organic solidity still looks fresh and interesting today .

Yew is the hardest of all soft woods and is relatively slow growing . There is a long British tradition of using it for making the best traditional Windsor chairs . Yew veneers have a lovely interesting grain and they were used a lot in the 1970s for making Regency style reproduction furniture in the UK . White and Newton of Portsmouth tried using yew in the early 1970s on some of their contemporary pieces , but it didn’t prove to be successful .

Price: £575

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