Stock ref: DS2024


A bespoke commissioned Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Oak Side Table of rectangular form with a thick 1 3/4"  two plank adzed top and visible dowelled jointing, standing on four octagonally carved baluster legs with sledge feet, joined by a floor stretcher. Adzed all over, including the underside of the top,  with an excellent mouse carving to the front left leg.

Photographed as acquired, it will be sympathetically cleaned and re-waxed prior to sale.

Excellent provenance: from the Horlicks Collection and recorded in the Robert Thompson ledger, 1938, Messers Horlick, Slough, 3 Occasional Tables at £ 5 each. 

The Horlick family are famous for  creating and owning the famous malted milk drink 'Horlicks' manufactured at their large Slough factory, which has only  recently closed following the sale of the business by Glaxo Smith Klein.  The Robert Thompson ledgers  indicate that the family commissioned a significant number of pieces from 1930 through to 1939 to furnish their boardroom and other offices. The surviving pieces have recently been sold at auction in 46 lots, representing the largest single owner collection to come to market since the Leeds Girls Grammer School collection was sold in 2008. The Horlicks  sale achieved a total  auction hammer price of £ 236,000 (excl buyers fees), the highest price being a new UK record of £ 35,000 hammer price ( £44,660 incl buyers fees) for a 1930 made  Dresser.

We have purchased 2 of the 3 tables that were  commissioned in 1938.

Size: 91.3(w) x 59.7(d) x 76(h)cm

£ 3,995

Stock ref: DS2063

Circa 1926/27

A rare very early example of the Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Oak Monk's Chair, one of six bespoke commissioned for Bigadier Kenneth Hargeaves the soldier, industrialist and later in life variously the  High Sherrif and Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.  His coat of arms in the rear splat and the banner 'Industria' is a reference to his status as a local industrialist. The  basic design of these very comfortable armchairs has changed very little over the years but this, the earliest design, is indicated by the grid-iron side splats and the position of the stretchers around the chair legs, instead of diagonally crossed, which was the norm by 1930. Of particular note to collectors is that the chair is carved with two mouse signatures, each with the extremely rare front paws, which had  also stopped being carved this way by 1930.

Excellent condition and superb colour and patina.

Size: 57(w) x 58(d) x 80(h)cm

Please contact us to discuss pricing

Stock ref: DS2030

Circa late 30s/40

A beautifully coloured and patinated  bespoke made solid English oak Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Octagonal Coffee / Occasional Table, believed to have been made by their master carver at the time George Weightman, highly unusual as the single plank adzed top is supported on four octagonally carved legs with crossed feet, with a signature mouse to one leg. It presents in beautiful condition after a sympathetic clean and rewax.

The size and design of this table is based on two unique small octagonal tables Robert made himself in 1924 to celebrate the birth of his first grandchild Jean, although these also had burr inlaid tops. The tables were given to his daughter Elsie and grandaughter Jean. In late 2008 Robert Thompson's offered a limited edition of 99 tables made to Robert's original 1924 design, made from oak sourced from the local Hovingham Estate, hence they were called the Hovingham Tables. An image of this 2008/9 limited edition table is also enclosed in the image gallery below.

Size: 42(dia) x 43(h)cm

Please contact us to discuss the price

Stock ref: DS2033

Circa 1960s/70s

A superb 10" Mouseman Table Lamp from Robert Thompson's in Kilburn, near Thirsk. Of typical form with square base and octagonally carved  and tooled central stem and a nicely detailed mouse carved to one facet. Rewired with new 3 core period style braided  wiring and  antiqued brass bulb holder . Presents in a wonderful waxed and rich medium fumed colour with no faults  or losses.

Size: 9.5(w) x 9.5(d) x 25.5(h)cm

£ 415

Stock ref: DS2046

Circa 1950s

A superb example of an early Mouseman Book Trough, extensively adzed to all visible surfaces including the rear. The amount of adzing has been reduced over the years and since the late 70s only the quadrant sides have been adzed.  Presents in excellent condition with a wonderful patina  and rich aged colour tones.  It also features an upwards facing carved  mouse which is rarer to find on these book troughs as they are harder to carve against the grain. 

Size: 45(w) x 20.5(d) x 20(h)cm

£ 495



Stock ref: DS2050

Circa 1950s/early 60s

An excellent example of an earlier made Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson  solid oak Ashtray with the larger diameter bowl and smaller canted corners than is found on more modern examples. Superb natural rich fumed colour with a well defined mouse carving.

Size: 10.1(w) x 7.5(d) x 4.2(h)cm

£ 150


Stock ref: DS2049

Circa 1960s

A superb example of the popular Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson solid English Oak Cheeseboard, with no cut marks on the board, subtle adzing  and a  superbly carved mouse on the bridge between the handle and board. Excellent waxed condition.

Size: 37(w) x 18.2(d) x 4.1(h)cm

£ 245

Stock ref: DS2052

Circa 1950s/early 60s

An excellent example of the highly sought after Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Horseshoe Ashtray carved from a solid block of finest English Oak, carved with  a  particularly fine mouse and the horseshoe in high relief. Wonderful naturally aged colour, wax polished.

Size: 12.4(w) x 12(d) x 4.3(h)cm

£ 375

Stock ref: DS2043 / DS2044

Circa  2010

A superb pair of nearly new examples of the extremely comfortable Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Smoking Armchair with solid oak framework and a thick slung tan coloured cowhide seat back and cowhide seat custion. A trademark mouse is carved in high relief to the front leg of each chair. Privately sourced directly from the original owners the chairs  have had minimal usage in the original owners study. 

Photographed in 'as acquired' condition we will be cleaning and rewaxing the frames to freshen them up for  the new owners, the untreated cow hide seats are just starting to exhibit  the usual expected characteristic  marking seen on all these untreated cow hides.

Currently £ 2,040 each to purchase new from Robert Thompson's Craftsmen Ltd.

Offered individually or as a pair.

Size: 62.59w) x 80.5(d) x 112(h)cm

£ 1650 each, please contact us to discuss pricing if you would like to purchase them as a pair.

Stock ref: DS2036

Circa 1960s

A superb 10" Mouseman Table Lamp from Robert Thompson's in Kilburn, near Thirsk. Of typical form with square base and octagonally carved  and tooled central stem and a nicely detailed mouse carved to one facet. Rewired with new 3 core period style braided  wiring, antiqued brass bulb holder and plug. Presents in a wonderful colour with no faults / losses.

Size: 9.3(w) x 9.1(d) x 25.3(h)cm, excluding the  bulb fitting.

£ 415. Reserved

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