Bob ‘Wrenman’ Hunter Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak Bureau

SKU0020661

An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Bureau by Bob ‘Wrenman’ Hunter 2013. A large bureau giving enough room to work at and provide storage, made to a very good standard in Wrenman’s classic Yorkshire School style. Featuring:

  • Fall front wit single plank raised fielded panels containing 4 drawers (made with single plank fronts solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid bases) and a selection of pigeon holes
  • 2 drawers (made with single plank fronts solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid bases)
  • 2 lower doors made with single plank raised fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons secured with hand made pegs enclosing a fixed shelf and vent at the rear
  • Panelled sides and back all made with single plank raised fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons secured with hand made pegs
  • Bob Hunters unique design of shaped octagonal feet

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Height 1180mm (3 feet 10 1/4 inches)
  • Overall Width 1010mm (3 feet 3 3/4 inches)
  • Overall Depth 550mm (1 foot 9 1/2 inches)
  • Height of the fall front when down 770mm (2 feet 6 1/4 inches) [A standard height for a bureau or desk]
If you need a very exact dimension, or one we haven't included, feel free to contact us and we will measure it for you.

2013

Bob ‘Wrenman’ Hunter’s inset carved wren motif on the front

Very good condition, tight joints, snugly closing doors, smoothly sliding drawers, original key present and lock working and original finish. Some surface dirt to the frony edge of the fall frony. 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.

Bob 'Wrenman' Hunter (Ex-Mouseman): A Former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman known for hand crafted items with the trademark Yorkshire School adzed finish bearing his trademark hand carved wren. He also used a tortoise motif on his rare early pieces

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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