Stock ref: DS1106
A rare and stunning pair of matched Sid Pollard Yorkshire Oak Spinning Chairs which feature chair backs carved especially for these chairs by the renowned ex Mouseman® master carver George (Dod) Weightman. George was the master carver at R. Thompson’s before Stan Dodd’s. George’s most acclaimed carving work is probably the bas-relief interpretation of Christ’s crucifiction transposed to a WW2 battlefield, to be found in the Green Howards Chapel within St Mary the Virgin church, Richmond, North Yorkshire. One chair features an owl with a mouse pray in its talons, the other a Kingfisher with a minnow in its beak. Both birds are superbly executed and are carved in relief in their natural background settings. The adzed seat is supported on four turned and carved legs, supported by cross stretchers.
Superb waxed finish in a deep honey colour, structurally solid with no loose joints.
Size: 14″ (w) x 16″(d) x 36 1/2″ h), seat height 18″. (35.5 (w) x 40.5(d) x 92 (h) cm)
Excellent provenance, part of a substantial collection of Sid’s furniture recently acquired from their original local owner, who was a personal friend of his, and who had all the items made to order between 1970 and 1980. They are only reluntantly being sold due to their emigration shortly.
Sid Pollard lived in bagby, near Thirsk, and was one of Robert Thompson’s early apprentices. His solo work is almost always unmarked, preferring to let his carftsmanship speak for itself. After leaving Thompson’s he combined his solo work with the family building firm, Pollard Builders. His solo work dates from the 40s through to his death in the early 80s.
The nearest equivalent spinning chair made today is Bob ‘Wrenman’ Hunters Thirlby Chair which costs £ 662.