When the Lakeland Arts Trust acquired Blackwell it did not contain any original Arts & Crafts furnishings. Today the objects in the historic house's period room displays are drawn from the Trust’s own collections and loans from other institutions and private lenders.
New Acquisition: Perpetual calendar designed by CFA Voysey
We do not currently have anything like this in our collection and so we are thrilled to be able to show such a unique object. A perpetual calendar tells you the day of the week, the date and the month, not the year, so it can be used over and over, year after year. Also this is one of our first major acquisitions by CFA Voysey, having just one other object by him in the collection.
CFA Voysey is one of the most renowned architects of the Arts and Crafts movement. He began his career designing wallpapers and fabrics later moving on to designing houses including Broad Leys, not far from Blackwell, in Windermere. Voysey had an enduring influence on Baillie Scott due to the truth and “absolute sincerity” of his architecture, whilst Voysey in his turn praised the skill and beauty of Baillie Scott’s work.
The MH Baillie Scott Collection at Blackwell
High Back Armchair, c.1895
Pair of Armchairs, c.1900
Set of 4 Dining Chairs, c.1900
Pair of Armchairs, c.1901
House for an Art Lover Competition Folio, 1902
Wall Light, c.1895
Wrought iron and enamel Fire Dogs, (made for Blackwell), c.1889
Barrel Chair, c.1900
- Perpetual calendar designed by CFA Voysey