Thomas ‘Gnomeman’ Whittaker, 10 3/4” Adzed Yorkshire Oak Dish

Stock ref: DS1146

Circa 1950s

A wonderfull example of Tom Whittaker's wood carving skill which makes a stunning display piece.   Superbly executed  the 10 3/4" diameter circular dish   features   a centrally placed gnome, carved in high relief,   with radial fluted tooling eminating out from the centre of the dish to the outer edges. The underside is adzed all over. The dish is free from any wood splitting or damage, other than some slight natural warping to the curved sides of the dish, and presents in a lovely aged deep colour with excellent patina which is commensurate with its age and usage over the years.

Size: 10 3/4" (dia) x 1" (h),  27.5 x 2.5 cm.

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