Cotswolds School furniture collection in sale

Various items of furniture that traces the career of celebrated maker Edward Barnsley and the Cotswolds School are set to sell at Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull next year.

The Minoprio Collection of Cotswolds School furniture

Pieces from The Minopiro Collection will start off the auction house’s 2022 series of Design auctions, with The Minopiro Collection: British Design in the Arts & Crafts Tradition on January 11.

The private collection of stylish Cotswolds School furniture features works by some of the finest European cabinetmakers of the last hundred years, including the likes of Peter Waals and Stanley Webb Davies, alongside Barnsley.

Edward Barnsley secretaire desk

John Minoprio grew up surrounded by superbly made furniture, designed initially by his father, Anthony Minoprio (1900-1988), an architect, and later by Edward Barnsley (1900-1987), and he himself enjoyed a long, friendly and productive relationship with Barnsley and the craftsmen in his workshop at Froxfield in Hampshire.

John Minoprio at a desk designed by Edward Barnsley
John Minoprio at a desk designed by Edward Barnsley. Image: Lyon & Turnbull

After Barnsley’s death, Minoprio continued to commission new work from Jon Barnsley and James Ryan at the Edward Barnsley Workshop and also collected earlier pieces by Barnsley, Hugh Birkett, Stanley Davies, Oliver Morel and Peter Waals, all made of beautiful woods with consummate skill.

Peter Waals cocktail cabinet

The collection will also be on exhibition at Lyon & Turnbull’s HQ at 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh from January 6, 2022.

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