Don Foxman Craven (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak Armchair


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An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak armchair by Don 'Foxman' Craven (ex-Mouseman) made around 1970. A very attractive chair in the classic Yorkshire School style by one of the scarcer and earlier makers, featuring:
  • Back with three fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons secured with hand made pegs
  • Octagonal front legs legs and curved rectangular rear legs united by stretchers
  • Curved arms
  • Drop in leather covered seat pad


Approximate dimensions:
  • seat height 47 cm (1 foot 6 and a half inches) (more or less the standard height for a chair)
  • overall width 57 cm (1 foot 10 and a half inches)
  • overall height 90 cm (2 feet 11 and a half inches)
  • overall depth 53 cm (1 foot 8 and three quarters inches)
  • arm height 68 cm (2 feet 2 and a half 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. 1970


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


Very good condition with tight joints, solid webbing and intact leather on the seat pads and free from woodworm. Some colour variation and minor marks and dints visible on close inspection. 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

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 Furniture

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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