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Chest of drawers

Chest of drawers

  • Place of origin:

    High Wycombe (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1953-1958 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    E. Gomme Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany and plywood faced with oak veneer

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr C. G. Brookes

  • Museum number:

    W.2-1993

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This chest of drawers forms part of a G-Plan bedroom unit. The firm of E. Gomme Ltd, in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, introduced the G-Plan range of furniture in 1953. G-Plan furniture was designed so that all the individual items would be compatible in style and dimensions and marked the beginning of modular furniture for the mass market.

The chests of drawers in this bedroom unit could be freestanding, or combined with the dressing table that is suspended between them. The dressing-table unit could not be used independently and in fact was never actually installed until the Museum acquired it. The timber handles and clean lines were also used in the matching wardrobes.

G-Plan was promoted to the more affluent buyers who might be sympathetic to contemporary design ideas imported from Europe. These chests of drawers each cost £19 11s 6d and the suspended dressing table was a further £16 12s 6d. This was a considerable sum for new furniture in 1957.

Place of Origin

High Wycombe (manufactured)

Date

1953-1958 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

E. Gomme Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Mahogany and plywood faced with oak veneer

Dimensions

Height: 840 mm, Width: 760 mm, Depth: 460 mm

Historical context note

It is likely that the style is an update of model B820a.

Descriptive line

Mahogany and plywood chest of drawers, veneered in oak, High Wycombe, 1953-1958

Labels and date

DRESSING TABLE UNIT AND CHAIR
Designed and made by E. Gomme Ltd, High Wycombe
British 1953-8

Ebenezer Gomme founded a chair-making business in High Wycombe in 1898. By 1922 the company was employing 300 people. The G-plan concept was introduced around 1953 and consisted of a variety of co-ordinated home furnishings which could be built up over a period of time. These pieces were part of the 'Brandon' range and were bought at Selfridges in 1957 for £16 12s 6d.

Given by Mr C. Brookes
W.1-4-1993 [1993-2006]

Production Note

Made by E. Gomme Ltd under the G-plan label

Materials

African mahogany; Oak; Plywood

Techniques

Cabinet-making

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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