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Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Bespoke Early Oak Coat Stand

Stock ref: DS2025

1930

A bespoke commissioned Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Oak Hat and Coat Stand, standing on an adzed four section flat platform base  with a typical early mouse carved prominently to one foot, supporting an adzed octagonally carved and tapering central column. The octagonal top has 8 pegs and 4 wrought iron hooks.

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, 1930, Messers Horlick, Slough Bucks, Hat & Coat Stand at £ 4.

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 4  surviving  from this commission made with this base design. Robert Thompson's Craftsmen have quite recently also introduced a Coat Stand into their portfolio, priced at £ 3,620.

Size: 163(h)cm

£ 4,950