‘Gnomeman’ Thomas Whittaker, Oak Cow Stool with Tudor Rose Seat

Stock ref: DS2321

Circa 1960s/70s

A superb example of Tom Whittaker's traditional rustic craftsmanship, this traditional oak three legged Cow Stool features a circular adzed seat inset centrally witha handcarved Tudor rose, supported on three carved and splayed legs with  visible wedgeed joints through the seat.  Tom's distinctive gnome signature is carved to the lower section of one leg.

Superb condition with tight leg joints and a rich deep colour.

Thomas whittaker (1910 -1991) lived and worked in York and later in Littlebeck, near Whitby, North Yorkshire. His trademark gnome is carved onto most of his post war work and was inspired by a German jewish refugee he met shortly before the outbreak of war who was judging a piece he had entered into the North of England Craftsmen's Exhibition in Newcastle. He was asked to indenify the piece in some way and the judge suggested the 'german oak spirit'  the legend being that a gnome is born each time an acorn germinates and will guard that tree throughout its life. His work is now highly regarded and 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

Size: 38( seat dia) x 43.2 (h)cm