Derek 'Lizardman' Slater Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak Dressing Table


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An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Dressing Table by Derek 'Lizardman' Slater C. 1990. A small dressing table ideally suited where space is at a premium, or in a child’s room. Featuring:

  • Rectangular top
  • Two drawers above two cupboards with fixed shelves
  • Swing mirror

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Width 1080mm (3 feet 6 1/2 inches)
  • Overall Height 1350mm (4 feet 5 inches)
  • Base Height 760mm (2 feet 5 3/4 inches)
  • Overall Depth 380mm (1 foot 2 3/4 inches)
  • Kneehole gap 310mm (1 foot)
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.

C. 1990

Derek Lizardman Slater's carved lizard motif

Good condition with smoothly sliding drawers, snugly closing doors and original finish. Some marks on the top. 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.

A former apprentice from Acorn Industries (Alan 'Acornman' Grainger) know for his quality work in oak in the Yorkshire School style and trademark carved Lizard. He worked with with ex-Mouseman apprentice Martin Dutton under the trade name 'Woodcarvers of Crayke'

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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