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Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson, Pair of Early Squirrel Bookends

Stock ref: DS1166

Circa 1930s

Rare to the market,  early carved squirrel bookends in excellent condition are highly sought after by  Mouseman collectors, all the more so following publication of the book - Mouseman, The Legacy of Robert Thompson of Kilburn, which features a picture of Robert Thompson carving a similar pair of squirrel bookends on the front cover. Exquisitely observed and carved  this pair features  the earlier and  very rare squirrels  with acorns at their feet, as well as in their hands, a feature that seems to be omitted from later versions. Trademark mice are carved prominently to the top of each bookend, their tails trailing down the side. The waxed oak has a developed a superb rich depth of colour  and is tooled and adzed to all visible surfaces. Being so prominent it is common for the ears to be damaged  but this pair of squirrels presents in top condition with no breakages or evidence of repair. There are some fine shallow hairline wood grain splits on the bookends but this is entirely normal on aged oak. Their early history is not known but they have been in the most recent family ownership since the early 60s.

Size: 10(w) x 13.5(d) x 21.5(h) 

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