Arts & Crafts Furniture
Squirrelman (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Dresser
An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Bookcase/Dresser by Wilf 'Squirrelman' Hutchinson (Ex-Mouseman) made in about 1970. A very attractive item with good colour and providing excellent practical storage.. Featuring:
- Subtly adzed on to top (the subtle surface rippling synonymous with Yorkshire School furniture)
- Four doors with single plank fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons secured with hand made pegs
- Two drawers (made with single plank fronts solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid bases)
- Ends with single plank raised fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons secured with hand made pegs
- Solid panelled back
- Two leaded glazed upper doors enclosing two shelves
- Hand turned knobs
Approximate dimensions are:
- Overall Height 1780mm (5 feet 10 inches)
- Overall Width 1220mm (4 feet)
- Overall Depth 460mm (1 foot 6 inches)
- Top Depth 240mm ( 9 1/4 inches)
- Base Height 790mm (2 feet 7 inches)
Wilf Hutchinson's signature carved squirrel motif on one leg
Very good condition, tight joints, smoothly sliding drawers, snugly closing doors and original finish. Some minor colour variation. 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 former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman (starting his apprenticeship in 1952), who set up his own workshop at Husthwaite in 1958 making handmade from seasoned English oak and carrying the signature carved squirrel symbol. The business still continues today in the capable hands of his Son Trevor, who sticks religiously to the traditional handmade cabinetmaking techniques
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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