Sid Pollard [Ex-Mouseman] Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Dresser

SKU0020467

Features

An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School adzed English oak dresser by Sid Pollard [ex-Mouseman] made in about 1960. This item features:
  • Made in solid English Oak throughout
  • 2 short over 3 long drawers to the centre (made with single plank fronts, solid drawer carcasses joined with lap and through dovetails and solid bases)
  • Shelved cupboards either side with rare lattice doors
  • Fully panelled back and sides
  • Shaped octagonal feet
  • Top with panelled back and 2 plate shelves
  • Handmade wrought iron handles, hinges and latches
  • Subtly adzed on all external surfaces except the rear (the subtle surface rippling synonymous with Yorkshire School furniture)
  • Constructed using true cabinet making techniques such as traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs

Comment

A Large and impressive Sid Pollard Oak Dresser in the classic Yorkshire School style, with very rare lattice doors

Size

Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 191 cm (6 feet 3 and a quarter inches)
  • overall width 183 cm (6 feet)
  • overall depth 48 cm (1 foot 6 and three quarters inches)
  • base height 82 cm (2 feet 8 and a quarter inches)
  • top depth 23 cm (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

Date

c. 1960

Identification

Very clear Sid Pollard design and construction features. No critter as expected. For a comparable example so Tennant's Autumn Fine Art Sale 25/11/2016, Lot 664. Sid Pollard used the carved Rabbit as a trademark on some of his early items of furniture prior to Peter Heap adopting the Rabbit for his trademark. Sid then stopped using a 'critter', so almost all his work is unmarked

About Sid Pollard

Sid Pollard (Ex-Mouseman): One of Robert 'Mouseman)' Thompson's early apprentices. One of the few apprentices not to chose a trademark animal for his own work, (although some early items reportedly initially a rabbit motif) his work is almost always unmarked, preferring to let his craftsmanship speak for itself

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

Very good clean condition with rich colour. 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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