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Stock ref: DS2707

Circa 1960s/70s

Without doubt the best carved figure  we've seen come to market in many years from Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whittaker of Littlebeck, near Whitby. Purchased privately from the original owner who bought it directly from Tom's workshop in 1979, although it is believed to have been made much earlier.  Tom was appartently very reluctant to sell it and named it 'The wood Carrier'. It's a most impressive and well observed  piece standing 37.5(cm tall, all tool carved in the 'Yorkshire Critters' tradition from a solid block of oak in Tom's  typically rustic style with a signature gnome carving to the rear of the  plinth  section which has a leather base. We've photographed it next to a Mouseman 10" Table Lamp so that clients can put it's size into context.

Superb condition and colour, cleaned and re-waxed in our workshop, just the expected minor evidence of natural wood splitting in the oak.

A top collector's piece.

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: 13.5(w) x 13(d) x 37.5(h)cm

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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

£ 575

 

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Stock ref: DS2719

Circa 1960s/70s

An excellent  example of Tom Whittaker's rustic craftsmanship, this traditional oak  Sideboard is adzed and panelled all over and features three cupboards enclosed by panelled doors,each above a drawer, one lined and carved linen fold uprights. His trademark gnome carved is  intricately to the upper front edge. Wonderfully clean interior and complimented by tradiobnal wrought iron fittings.

Excellent condition and 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: 155(w) x 44(d) x 86(h)cm

£ 2,445

 

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Stock ref: DS2643

Circa 1960s/70s

An excellent  example of Tom Whittaker's rustic craftsmanship, this traditional oak spinning chair features a shaped and adzed back with an inset yorkshire / tudor rose. Peg jointed to a single plank adzed seat, supporte on  three tapered and chamfered legs, his trademark gnome carved intricately to the upper edge of rear back. 

Super rich deep colour, the pegged rear back rest and legs are solid with no loose joints, the two front legs having recently been reset, wedged and re-glued.

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: 37(w) x  60(d) x 93.5(h)cm

£ 445

 

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Stock ref: DS2653

Circa 1960s

A superbly made solid oak 4' wide Double Wardrobe, a fine example of Thomas Whittaker's rustic artisan craftsmanship. Adzed panelled and pegged all over with a wooden hanging rail within. Complimented by tradional wrought iron fittings and his trademark gnome carved intricately to the  upper front  corner edge.

Superb conditon and colour.

Excellent provenance, in use within the Whittaker  family home in Littlebeck, inherited and in use until very recently  at his daughter Faith's home.

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: 121.5(w) x 56(d) x 181.5(h)cm

£ 3,100, previously £ 3,495

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Stock ref: DS2015

Circa 1960s

A superb example of Tom Whittaker's artisan craftsmanship. The Yorkshire oak dresser features a detachable,  adzed,  three tier plate rack, with carved cornice over the top and shaped sides. The lower section also features extensive adzing, is of rectangular shape  and comprises  three oak panelled cupboards with an internal shelf, intersected with carved linen fold panels and three drawers below each cupboard door. It stands on shaped and waisted sides with sledge feet and a carved undulating cross stretcher which is pegged in the traditional manner. Traditional wrought iron fittings and his trademark gnome carved to the front right  corner of the upper rack.

Cleaned and rewaxed in our workshop it presents in superb condition internally and externally. The interior cupboard shelves have been protected by lining paper from new.

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

Size: 137(w) x 40(d) x 184.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2639

Circa 1960s

An excellent fully adzed and panelled solid oak small Storage Box  by Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whittaker of Littlebeck. near Whitby.  Of rectangular  panelled form  with a hinged lid standing on four legs, a tudor rose carved into the centre of the lid and his trademark gnome cared prominently to one upper corner.

Excellent original condition and colour, a more recent magnetic catch attached by the original owner.

Size: 63.5(w) x 38(d) x 56(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2449

Circa 1950s

 

Size: 46.5(w) x 25.5(d) x 63(h)cm

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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

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Stock ref: DS2290

1957

A wonderfully coloured and patinated example of Thomas Whittaker's rustic artisan craftsmanship, this highly unusual bespoke designed solid oak and burr oak  Sideboard is adzed all over, including the rear, and features twin shelved  cupboards  with burr oak inlaid panels to each side and two drawers centrally. It stands on  adzed and shaped trestle  legs with sledge feet joined by a  traditional pegged stretcher. Complimented by tradional wrought iron fittings and his trademark gnome carved intricately to the  front  corner edge.

Cleaned and sympathetically re-waxed in our workshop it presents in a wonderful  condition and rich colour with just some usual natural wood  shrinkage, splitting  and minor usage marking to the  adzed  oak top.

Privately purchased from the original owners family, the piece made in 1957 as a wedding present.

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: 119(w) x 46(d) x 93.5(h)cm

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