Horace Knightman Knight Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak 2-Seater Sofa

SKU0020593

An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak 2-seater sofa by Horace 'Knightman' Knight. A much more attractive and well made sofa than a standard 'mass produced' one. The zip on fabric covers can be easily updated when required, so treated with care this sofa should easily last several lifetimes, and still be looking good. Featuring:

  • Solid English Oak throughout
  • Lattice sides and back
  • Slatted base
  • Square section legs with chamfered edges
  • Foam seat cushion and feather back cushion
  • True cabinet making techniques such as traditional blind tenons

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Seat Height 440mm (1 foot 5 1/4 inches) [A standard height]
  • Overall Width 1470mm (4 feet 9 3/4 inches)
  • Overall Height 970mm (3 feet 2 inches)
  • Overall Depth 840mm (2 feet 9 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. 1990

Finely hand-carved knight motif on the leg

Very good condition with tight joints firm cushions and original finish. Some slight surface wear on the finish in places and surface dirt on the fabric. 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 small firm of high class cabinet makers, founded by Horace Knight in 1984, producing top quality handmade furniture much of which is in the Yorkshire School style, featuring solid English Oak with wrought iron fittings and traditional construction techniques. Every piece is made by one individual craftsman, from choosing the wood right through to final finishing. It currently run by the Knight family and trades under the name Old Mill Furniture

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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