Arts & Crafts Furniture
Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Sideboard post 1970.
An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Sideboard by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (Ex-Mouseman) post 1970. A very attractive sideboard from Acornman’s classic “Kingpost” range, made to the usual high standard. This was purchased with the optional plate rack and the 2 screw holes to fit this are currently blanked off, so it can be used as a sideboard, or the screws could be re-inserted to make it into a dresser. The original 1972 receipt and several letters from Stuart Grainger about it are included. Featuring:
- Solid English Oak throughout.
- 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).
- Rectangular top made out of just two continuous pieces of very well figured quarter-sawn solid oak.
- Planked back.
- 3 drawers (made with single plank fronts solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid bases).
- 4 doors with single plank fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons secured with hand made pegs with the handles carved into the sties.
- Handmade wrought iron fittings.
- Sides with 4 single plank fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons secured with hand made pegs.
- Shaped octagonal feet.
- Optional two shelf plate rack.
Approximate dimensions are:
- Overall Width 1600mm (5 feet 2 3/4 inches).
- Overall Depth 480mm (1 foot 6 3/4 inches).
- Base Height 850mm (2 feet 9 1/4 inches).
- Top Height 800mm (2 feet 7 1/4 inches).
Alan Grainger's inset finely carved signature acorn motif. The original 1972 receipt and sereval letters from Stuart Grainger are included.
Vert good condition with excellent rich colour and grain, snugly closing doors, smoothly sliding drawers and tight joints. 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.
Acorn Industries was started by George Grainger, a former Robert "Mouseman' Thompson craftsman, in the mid-30s. He trained his son Alan (and Derek 'Lizardman' Slater) who later took over and developed the business. Renowned for high quality pieces, all hand made, usually from English oak and all bearing the acorn mark.
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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