Rabbitman, Ex-Mouseman Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak Octagonal Dining Table

SKU0020437

Features

An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English oak octagonal dining table by Peter 'Rabbitman' Heap (ex-Mouseman). This item features:
  • Made in solid well figured English Oak
  • 5 plank top with pegged joints
  • Subtly adzed finish
  • A cruciform base constructed using true cabinet making techniques such as traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs

Comment

A large and striking table with a pegged top in a rich deep colour, which will comfortably seat 8 people

Size

Approximate dimensions:
  • overall width 152 cm (4 feet 11 and three quarters inches)
  • overall depth 152 cm (4 feet 11 and three quarters inches)
  • overall height 74 cm (2 feet 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

Date

c. 1975

Identification

Peter Heap's signature carved rabbit motif on the base

About Peter 'Rabbitman' Heap

Peter 'Rabbitman' Heap (Ex-Mouseman): A Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Craftsman, who went on to start his own workshop (in June 1975) at Wetwang, producing classic Yorkshire Oak items to the same standard as Thompson's, each with his signature carved rabbit. One of the most renowned former Mouseman apprentices

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

Condition

Good sound condition. Some minor movement between the planks and minor marks and scratches commensurate with its age. 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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