Thomas ‘Gnomeman’ Whittaker, Circular Oak Pedestal Occasional Table

Stock ref: DS2641

Circa 1960s

An excellent example of Tom Whittaker's traditional rustic craftsmanship, this traditional oak occasional / coffee  table features a circular adzed top with wonderfully detailed guilloche banding. The top supported on a carved  pedestal leg and four crossed feet. Tom's distinctive gnome signature is carved to the lower section of the pedestal leg.

Excellent condition with tight leg joints and a rich deep colour, cleaned and re-waxed in our workshop.

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: 49.5(dia) x 46(h)cm