Stock ref: DS1484
Circa late 1940s
An early rare and wonderfully patinated kidney shaped Serving Tray from ex Mouseman craftsman Martin ‘Lizardman’ Dutton. Carved from a single block of oak, lightly tooled to the tray and darker fumed from new so it now has a lovely rich aged chestnut brown colour. There’s been a splinter loss on the carved Lizard’s head and some natural grain splitting around one of the recessed handles and extending to the upper rim, some of which looks to have been glued/filled in the past.
Martin Dutton (1921-2009) of Huby, Nr York was a talented craftsman who worked at Thompson’s through the war years. His solo work from the late 40s onwards bears his distinctive Lizard carving. Martin, who was deaf from birth, later became the senior woodwork teacher at the Yorkshire Residential School for the Deaf in Doncaster, the lizard carving continued by his associate craftsman Derek Slater.
Size: 49(w) x 33(w) x 2.3(h) cm