Arts & Crafts Furniture
Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Wardrobe C. 1920 - Mouseman interest
An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Wardrobe c. 1920. A very unusual item carrying the coat of arms for Bigadier Kenneth Hargeaves the soldier, industrialist and later in life variously the High Sherrif and Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire who is known to have commissioned early furniture from Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. The Thompson pieces carry an identical carved crest. Made out of large pieces of English Oak and with an adzed finish, it seems likely that there is some connection between this piece and Thompson. Featuring:
- Solid English Oak
- Wardrobe door with single plank fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons secured with hand made pegs
- Two drawers inside the wardrobe (probably later) and some later fittings indie the door
- Four graduated drawers (made with single plank fronts solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails)
- Solid oak rectangular base and top each made out of just two continuous pieces of very well figured quarter-sawn solid timber
- Fixed mirror.
- Exposed dovetails and tenons on the end of the drawer section (this section is not adzed. Suggesting that there may have originally been another element to this item)
- Bigadier Kenneth Hargeaves‘ coat of arms hand carved into the top of the drawer section
- Can be separated into 3 parts for transportation
- handmade wrought fittings.
- Very well figured quarter-sawn English Oak (quarter-sawing is a way of sawing oak to produce boards with superior strength which also reveals decorative 'medullary rays' in its grain.)
Approximate dimensions are:
- Overall Height 1870mm (6 feet 1 1/2 inch)
- Overall Width 1420mm (4 feet 7 3/4 inches)
- Overall Depth 580mm (1 foot 10 3/4 inches)
Carries the coat of arms for Bigadier Kenneth Hargeaves who is known to have commissioned early furniture from Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. See Wilkinson's Auctioneers’ Period Oak, Country Furniture, 25 Nov 2018, Lots 298 to 304 for examples.
Good sound original condition with smoothly sliding drawers, excellent rich colour and grain and tight joints. Some surface marks. If you wish to have further specific photographs or talk to us for a more detailed condition report then please do not hesitate to contact us.
One of the most famous British furniture makers, who was part of the 1920s revival of craftsmanship, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement renowned for his pieces featuring a carved mouse and adzed surfaces. His pieces are always simple, solid, instantly recognisable and beautifully made out of fine materials. They are highly sought after
The most British of woods, that can produce really special results. English oak has been used for hundreds of years to construct everything from sea-going vessels to fine furniture. Although oak grows widely across Europe and North America, craftsmen continue to cherish English oak which grows more slowly than its foreign counterparts giving it strength, durability. Quarter sawn boards are very straight grained and have distinctive growth rings and medullary rays that give a very beautiful effect as well as being renowned for their superior stability and strength
The Yorkshire School of the Arts & Crafts movement started with Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson's transformation from jobbing carpenter to master craftsmen. By the mid-1920s he had adopted his trademark mouse (now world renowned as a symbol of quality furniture) and had his own workshop busily employing several men. As the workshop grew and over the years many of the craftsmen have taken their skills and branched out and adopted a trademark of their own, a fox, a lizard, a fish, a rabbit to name but a few, and whilst some have closely stuck to the Mouseman designs others have taken the style and adapted it. Other craftsmen, unconnected to the Mouseman workshop, have also chosen the classic Yorkshire Oak style as their own. Typical Yorkshire school items are in English Oak, with traditional pegged joints and adzed surfaces
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