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Thomas ‘Gnomeman’ Whittaker, Oak Carver Chair

Stock ref: DS1118-2

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. The back panel is also adzed, matching the dining chairs also offered for sale (Stock ref: DS1117). 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 good and fully useable, just two small hairline nicks into the leather (not gone through) and evidence of some old staining.  The chair frame is  strong and solid with no joint movement with old traces of a small amount of wood glue around some joints. The wood now presents in a warm aged colour matching the dining chairs also being offered for sale.

Size: 62(w) x 44(d) x 90.5(h)cm,  maximum arm height 66cm.

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 this chair on behalf of their owner, but they are in my possession for viewing and purchase by clients.

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