Michael Seahorseman Riley Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Elm Sideboard



An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School panelled elm sideboard by Michael 'Seahorseman' Riley. A nicely proportioned and beautifully made sideboard in Solid Elm, featuring:
  • With four central drawers (with solid carcasses constructed with hand-cut lap and through dovetails)
  • Two cupboard, with stepped fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons, each enclosing three fixed shelves
  • Made from solid Elm with mortise and tenon joints pegged with handmade dowels, including the back
  • Raised gallery at the back.


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 94 cm (3 feet 1 inches)
  • overall width 143 cm (4 feet 8 and a quarter inches)
  • overall depth 54 cm (1 foot 9 and a quarter 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. 1980


Michael Riley's signature carved Seahorse motif on the plinth

About Michael 'Seahorseman' Riley

Michael 'Seahorseman' Riley: Michael 'Seahorseman' Riley of Hessay, York was trained at Acorn Industries with Derek Slater in the 1960s. He produced hand-made high class furniture in the Yorkshire School tradition, all of which carries his trademark carved seahorse motif

About Elm

Elm: Elm is a light to medium coloured timber with a decorative grain. It has a strong interlocking grain structure, and consequently high resistance to splitting, decay and water damage. Used correctly it finishes into delightful character furniture

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


Excellent condition with smoothly sliding drawers, snugly closing doors, excellent colour and grain, tight joints and in its original finis A few very minor marks. 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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