Don Foxman Craven (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak Nest of Tables

SKU0020371

Features

An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School nest of 3 tables by Don 'Foxman' Craven (ex-Mouseman). This item features:
  • Made in English Oak
  • Two smaller tables slide onto rails in the larger table
  • Adzed tops
  • Shaped octagonal legs
  • Traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs

Size

Approximate dimensions:
  • large table overall length 76 cm (2 feet 6 inches)
  • large table overall width 41 cm (1 foot 4 inches)
  • large table overall height 45 cm (1 foot 5 and three quarters inches)
  • small tables overall height 39 cm (1 foot 3 and a quarter inches)
  • small tables overall length 36 cm (1 foot 2 inches)
  • small tables overall depth 27 cm (10 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

Date

c. 1960

Identification

Don Craven's finely carved sitting fox motif on the leg of the larger table

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

Condition

Very good sound condition. 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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