Circa 1960. Set of four “Yorkshire Critter” Sid Pollard handmade oak chairs. The rectangular backs with a central carved lattice feature, the seats with tan leather upholstery with brass studding all in excellent condition. Supported on classical “Mouseman” Thomson style octagonal legs to the front and outswept rear supports with peripheral stretchers. All in perfect condition.
The Yorkshire Critter Carvers comprise of over 40 craftsmen, working from the 1940s to the present day, who made oak furniture inspired by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson of Kilburn, Yorkshire. Many of these Critter Carvers trained in Thompson’s Kilburn workshop before setting up their own craft shops. Using the same native oak material, traditional hand tools and traditional techniques (especially adzed surfaces) as utilised by “Mouseman” Thompson, each craftsman created a signature carved ‘critter’ such as an animal/bird (squirrel, beaver or woodpecker, e.g. “Woodpeckerman”, “Squirrelman” or “Beaverman”), acorn or human icon (e.g. “Knightman” or “Vikingman”) to decorate and act as a signature to identify their own pieces. The historical significance of Mouseman Thompson’s designs and style, the fine traditional craftmanship, functional nature and beauty of Yorkshire Critter Carver’s oak furniture is enduring, and is reflected in the continued demand and robust prices for these items.
- 86cm H, 43cm W, 45cm D