Don Foxman Craven Ex-Mouseman Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Dresser



An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School dresser by Don 'Foxman' Craven (ex-Mouseman). This item features:
  • Made in English Oak
  • Two cupboard doors with fielded panels
  • Octagonal shaped legs
  • Upper section with three plate racks
  • Constructed with traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs
  • Hand carved Yorkshire Rose handles
  • Subtly adzed on all external surfaces except for the back panel


A very well proportional richly coloured Yorkshire School dresser


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall width 128 cm (4 feet 2 and a half inches)
  • overall depth 52 cm (1 foot 8 and a half inches)
  • base height 93 cm (3 feet and a half)
  • upper section height 103 cm (3 feet 4 and a half inches)
  • overall height 196 cm (6 feet 5 and a quarter inches)
  • upper section depth 15 cm (5 inches)
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. 1960


Don Craven's finely carved bushy tailed sitting fox motif on one leg

About Don 'Foxman' Craven

Don 'Foxman' Craven (Ex-Mouseman): A former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman (and the original 'Foxman', prior to Malcolm Pipes using a fox's face) who set up his own workshop at Aldborough, near Boroughbridge, continuing to make high quality oak furniture in the Yorkshire School tradition until 1976. His work is signed with his carved seated fox motif

About English Oak

English Oak: 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

About Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School

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


Very good sound condition and rich colour. 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

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