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Thomas ‘Gnomeman’ Whittaker, Yorkshire Oak Carver Chair

Stock ref: DS1118-1

Circa 1960

A solid and substantial carver chair from Tom Whittaker, in very good condition ready for immediate use, made in his distinctive rustic artisan style featuring upswept arms and stand on four square carved legs, joined by stretchers. The legs feature pegged joints and adzing to all visible surfaces. His trademark gnome is carved to the front leg of the chair. The seat retains the original leather hide, webbed to the undeerside and fastened to the frames with studding. The leather is in very good condition free from any splits or tears, just  the expected marking and a slight difference in the way the  leather has coloured with age between the seat and back rest. The chair frame is strong and solid with no joint movement. There is old trace of a small amount of wood glue around some joints and  a strengthening batton has been applied in the past  to the underside rear. The wood now presents in a warm aged colour matching the dining chairs also being offered for sale.

Size:   69(w) x 49(d) x 87(h)cm,  maximum arm height 67.5cm.

Thomas whittaker (1910 -1991) lived and worked in Littlebeck, near Whitby, North Yorkshire. His trademark gnome is carved onto all his work and was inspired by the legend that a gnome is born each time an acorn germinates and will guard that tree throughout its life. His work is now nearly as well known as Robert Thompson's. His business ceased on his death and his former home and workshop is now a private residence. For those interested in learning more about his life and work i attach a link to a British Pathe newsreel from 1961. Gnomeman Thomas Whittaker

Please note that i am selling these chairs on behalf of their owner, but they are in my possession for viewing and purchase by clients.

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