Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson auction

An impressive collection of furniture and other pieces from the Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson workshop is to be auctioned this week by Addisons of Barnard Castle, UK.

David Elstob, Auctioneer and Valuer at Addisons says:

"The work of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson has always been popular, particularly in this part of the country and we are lucky to have so many pieces from his workshop in this sale.

"The items represent the finest of British craftsmanship and span a broad time period from the 1920's to the 1980's."

The star lot is a 7' dining table with eight chairs, valued between £7,000-9,000.


The table has a rectangular top raised on a trestle base and the chairs, each with lattice back panel, have tan leather seats.

Larger pieces of furniture include a mid 20th century pedestal desk, which carries an estimate of £3,500-4,500

Robert Thompson (1876-1955), who was part of the 1920's revival of craftsmanship - inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement led by William Morris, John Ruskin and William Carlyle - set up his own furniture business in Kilburn, North Yorkshire.

His style became much sought after and was characterised by a carved mouse on almost every piece, thought to have come about following a conversation about "being as poor as a church mouse" with one of his colleagues.

The now famous trademark is still used today in the workshop which is run by his descendants.

Viewing will be held on Thursday 3 December 9.30am - 7pm; Friday 4 December 9.30am - 4.30pm; and on sale day between 8.00am - 10.45am.

Bids on the day can be made in person, via the telephone or online.

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