Stock ref: DS1803
Circa late 1950s/mid 60s
A very rare and unusual ‘Rabbitman’ Cheeseboard, an early example of Stan Dodds’ solo work, made whilst he was still working full-time at Robert Thompson’s, and before Peter Heap later trademark protected the rabbit as his own carved signature. Of rectangular form with an exquisitely carved rabbit to one end and, unusually for a Yorkshire craftsman’s piece it’s not made from oak, the colour and grain of the wood indicate it’s made from plain untreated sycamore.
Excellent condition and provenance, from his own personal collection and estate.
Stan Dodds worked at Robert Thompson’s from 14 years of age in 1942 up to retirement in 1994, taking over the role of master carver from George Weightman in the 1960s and responsible for most of their best carvings in recent decades. His unique skill and craftsmanship is increasingly being recognised by collectors who seek out his distinctive mouse signature, as well as his own rabbit and later woodpecker signature. In retirement he undertook regular part-time carving work for a number of the Yorkshire Critters craftsmen, most notably Wilf and Trevor at Squirrel Furniture. He sadly passed away in early 2012.
Size: 27.5(w) x 15(d) x 4.3(h)cm