Squirrelman (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Sideboard

SKU0020414

Features

An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School sideboard by Wilf 'Squirrelman' Hutchinson (ex-Mouseman). This item features:
  • Made in English Oak
  • Three graduating drawers, one fitted for cutlery (made with solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails)
  • Two cupboard doors with fielded panels
  • Wrought iron fittings
  • Octagonal feet
  • Fully panelled back
  • Subtly adzed finish (the subtle surface rippling synonymous with Yorkshire School furniture)
  • Traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs

Comment

A very attractive and well proportioned sideboard in the classic Yorkshire School style

Size

Approximate dimensions:
  • overall length 138 cm (4 feet 6 and a quarter inches)
  • overall height 85 cm (2 feet 9 and a half inches)
  • overall depth 46 cm (1 foot 6 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

Wilf Hutchinson's signature carved inset squirrel motif on the leg

About Wilf 'Squirrelman' Hutchinson

Wilf 'Squirrelman' Hutchinson (Ex-Mouseman): A former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman, who set up his own workshop at Husthwaite in 1957 making handmade on the premises including dining furniture, coffee tables and small articles, all made from seasoned English oak and carrying the signature carved squirrel symbol

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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