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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: DS2091

Circa 1960s/70s

An excellent four legged stool with distinctive  adzed 'cats paw' burred oak handcrafted by Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whiattaker of Littlebeck near Whitby, North Yorkshire. His signature gnome is carved prominantly to the lower corner of one leg.

Size: 51(w) x 39(d) x 40(h)cm, seat 45(w) x 37(d) x 4.5(h)cm

£ 445

Stock ref: DS2122

1986

A rare to find piece from Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whittaker, made in the last few years of his life. Adzed all over and features shaped trestle sides joined by a  pegged stretcher with a fall front which has a carved tudor / yorkshire rose inset into the front supported by two pull out lopers.  Inset leather writing desk  and storage compartments internally, two drawers below. Exceptionally clean and well looked after. Marked in typical fashion with Thomas Whittakers trademark gnome carving.

Previously sold by us, bought back in part exchange for another more expensive piece of Gnomeman furniture.

Size: 91.5(w) x 52(d)cm x 112(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2076

Circa 1950s

A wonderful example of Thomas Whittaker's rustic craftsmanship, this traditional solid oak Writing Bureau is adzed all over and features a sloped fall front with very distinctive wrought iron strapping, opening to reveal numerous compartments and a writing desk, supported on two pull out lopers, Below are 2 short over 2 long gradurated storage drawers  with wrought iron teardrop handles and his trademark gnome carved intricately to the  front side corner. 

Cleaned and re-waxed in our workshop it presents in a wonderful  condition and rich colour with just some natural wood splitting to the shaped trestle side. The original key and lock for the fall front are present, but  due to  the natural age shrinkage of the wood no longer match cleanly to work effectively.

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: 70.5(w) x 45(d) x 106.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1653

1986

Privately acquired  from the original owners family together with several other Gnomeman and Rabbitman pieces.

A rare to find piece from Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whittaker, made in the last few years of his life. Adzed all over and features shaped trestle sides joined by a  pegged stretcher with a fall front which has a carved tudor / yorkshire rose inset into the front supported by two pull out lopers.  Inset leather writing desk  and storage compartments internally, two drawers below. Exceptionally clean and well looked after. Marked in typical fashion with Thomas Whittakers trademark gnome carving.

Complete with the original order acknowledgement letter from Littlebeck Craftsmen.

Size: 91.5(w) x 52(d)cm x 112(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1937

Circa 1960s

A superb example of Tom Whittaker's rustic craftsmanship, this traditional oak spinning chair features a shaped and adzed back with an inset mythical carved griffin. The dodecagon (12 sided) single plank seat is also adzed and supports three substantial legs, his trademark gnome carved intricately to the lower rear leg. Both front legs feature  visible wedged joints through the seat.

Super rich deep colour, the pegged rear back rest and legs are solid with no loose joints. 

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: 45(w) x 46(d) x 88.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1882

Circa 1960s

An unusual and most likely bespoke made 4'2 3/4" long table with a bench seat from Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whittaker of Littlebeck, ideal for a kitchen /diner or  for a couple who don't need a large dining set.

The table of typical rectangular form with a two plank top, waisted trestle legs and sledge feet joined by a traditional pegged stretcher. Adzed all over with a trademark gnome carved prominently to  the corner edge of one trestle leg. The chair of simple adzed form with the seat and back rest jointed to the two  trestle legs,  joined with a pegged stretcher. It fits neatly under the table when not in use, if space is at a premium.

Photographed in original 'as purchased' condition it is structurally sound and usable, with minor expected surface wear to the table top finish. We can supply the item as it is or will be happy to clean and re-wax the piece for clients, pricing accordingly.

Sizes: Table 129(w) x 60(d) x 76(h)cm, Bench 129(w) x 44.5(d) x 81(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1867

Circa 1960s

A superb example of  a Bedside or Side Cabinet from the Littlebeck workshop of the talented Yorkshire Critters craftsman Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whittaker. Adzed all over to visible surfaces it features a panelled cupboard with drawer below.  Clearly well looked after from new we've cleaned the top of the  typical ring stains and minor splash marking so it now presents in excellent waxed condition.

Size: 49.5(w) x 31.5(d) x 69.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1886

Circa 1950s/60s

An excellent example of the rare and sought after  Carved Oak Gnome Carving by Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whittaker. A wonderful piece for collectors of his work  and in excellent condition and colour, just a small old  chip to the rear of the gnomes clothing.

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 we attach a link to a British Pathe newsreel from 1961. Gnomeman Thomas Whittaker

Size: 6.5(w) x 6.5(d) x 19(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1798

Circa 1960s

A lovely example of Tom Whittaker's craftsmanship, this traditional oak spinning stool features a shaped and adzed back with an inset carved griffin. The dodecagon (12 sided) single plank seat is also adzed and supports three substantial legs, his trademark gnome carved intricately to the lower rear leg. Both front legs feature  visible wedged joints through the seat.

Super medium colour, the pegged rear back rest and leg are completely solid with very minor movement in the front legs which are wedged through the  seat.

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: 45(w) x 46.5(d) x 91.5(h)cm

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