A Martin Dutton Lizardman Yorkshire Oak Desk with a rectangular adzed top with an upstand to the rear with a continuous apron of inverted apex decoration to the edge over a central kneehole which is flanked by three graduated drawers on either side all with Arts & Crafts cast iron handles the whole piece fully adzed to all visible timbers in line with early Mouseman craftsmanship and with panelled sides and back the whole piece stands on six short octagonal feet
Signed with a lovely carved lizard signature to the right hand side
Height: 28 ¾
Lovely condition with superb honey oak colour
Martin Dutton Lizardman (1921-2009) of Huby near York was Deaf this condition did not restrict him from becoming an excellent Yorkshire furniture maker and woodcarver.
Martin started his woodworking career as an apprentice to Robert Mouseman Thompson he was renowned for being a highly skilled craftsman and he was the most talented of a small group of deaf workers at Robert Thompson’s during the Second World War leaving in the late 1940’s.
Martin become the senior woodwork master at The Yorkshire Residential School for the Deaf in Doncaster.
We have seen items of Martin’s Lizardman work dating from the late 1940’s to the 1980’s.
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