Displaying items by tag: Robert Thompson

Stock Ref: DS2246

Circa 1930s/early 40s

A wonderful example of the highly sought after early Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson solid oak Cheeseboard.  These very earliest made cheeseboards are distinguished not only by the mouse being carved on the azed chesseboard itself, but by the  very high and slim curved handles, this being 2 1/4" (5.7cm) in height. This would have produced considerable wastage of wood as they are carved from a solid block of oak and later made pieces, even those made in the 40s/50s with the mouse on the board, are considerably lower in the overall height of the handle. These handles were prone to breakage so their height was gradually reduced and by 1960 the mouse was moved onto the neck of the handle, and it was widened,  to help strengthen it.

It's a  used 'as intended' piece so displays some light cut marks to the adzed upper surface  and was oiled by its original owner. We've sympathetically  washed and cleaned it before giving it a wax which has imparted the nutty brown colour to the piece. It has an excellent mouse carving which has sustained only the very slightest of ear nibbles over the years of usage and washing / drying.

Size: 37(l) x 18(w) x 5.7(h)cm

£ 775


Stock ref: DS2232

Circa 1980s

Excellent Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Glazed Oak Corner Display Cabinet with tradional leaded glazed panels in the upper section, single door with three fixed glass shelves internally. Pegged and panelled cupboard below with fixed inner shelf, tradional wrought iron fittings and teademark signature mouse in high profile. Exceptionally clean throughout, medium fumed finish. Cleaned and wax polished as part of our usual high standard of sales preparation.

Single Northallerton, North Yorkshire family ownership from new.

Size : 74(w) x 48(d) x 188(h)cm

£ 3,445

Stock ref: DS2233


 Excellent example of the 3' wide x 5'7 1/4" tall solid oak Glazed Display /Drinks Cabinet from the KIlburn workshop of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. The upper display section features a leaded and glazed front, adzed oak sides and 3 internal fixed glass shelves. Below is a storage cupboard with adzed top, twin opening panelled doors with a single fixed shelf within and signature mouse carving to one canted front corner, all standing on short octagonally carved legs. Complimented by the use of traditional wrought iron fittings and inclusion of a copy of the original sales order/invoice, confirming original sale on 11/12/85.

Excellent condition and medium fumed colour, following a sympathetic clean and wax polish in our workshop.

Purchased privately directly from the original owners family.

Please note it is photographed without the 3 glass shelves in-situ, these  were in our currently closed Antique Centre showroom at the time of photography at home.

Excellent value as these pieces currently cost £ 5390 to purchase new from Robert Thompson's Craftsmen Ltd.

Size: 92(w) x 53(d) x 170.5(h)cm

£ 4,195

Stock ref: DS2235

Circa 1980s

An excellent 4' refectory style solid oak Robert 'Mouseman'  Thompson Coffee Table. Of typical form with a two plank adzed rectangular top supported on two octagonally carved legs and sledge feet, joined by a central low level stretcher. The top features carefully selected  the best quarter sawn planks which are prized for producing the distinctive meduallary ray graining in oak.

Medium fumed the table has been skilfully cleaned, refurbished and wax polished  in our workshop.

To demonstarte our work we enclose 2  images in the gallery below, taken before we started the refurbishment. If you have a Mouseman or Critters piece in need of some TLC which you feel would benefit from a thorough refurbishment and polish, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Size: 122(w) x 45.5(d) x 45.5(h)cm

£ 1,100

Stock ref: DS2209

Circa 1960s

A beautiful richly coloured example of the popular solid oak Octagonal Coffee Table by Robert Thompson the 'Mouseman' of Kilburn. A  carefully selected single plank adzed top  with good graining and 'cats paw' burrs  is supported on a cruciform pedestal base with crossed sledge feet, a fine carved mouse sits prominently on one of the legs. Excellent structural condition, rich warm dark oak toned colour, wax finished.

Size: 50(dia) x 47.5(h)cm

£ 975

Stock ref: DS2023


A bespoke commissioned Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Oak Console / Side Table of rectangular form with a thick 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 with an excellent mouse carving to the front right leg.

Cleaned of ring stains on the top and wax polished in our workshop.

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: 92(w) x 60(d) x 77(h)cm

£ 3,550

Stock ref: DS2202

Circa 1970s/80s

A superb example of the popular free standing solid oak Letter  Rack from the Kilburn workshop of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. Of graduated height with a signature mouse carved to the upper side panel. Excellent condition, cleaned and wax polished in our workshop.

Size: 32.7(w) x 13(d) x 20.5(h)cm

£ 445

Stock ref: DS2197

Circa 1970s/80s

An excellent example of a  Fruitbowl from the Kilburn worshop of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. Lighter fumed  with a lovely golden oak colour which highlights the oak graining wonderfully. An excellent signature mouse is carved centrally within the toolled and adzed bowl.

Size: 28.5(dia) x 5.5(h)cm

£ 425

Stock ref: DS2195

Circa 1960

It's highly unusual to see a Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Ashtray in this form with  twin bowls placed either side of the large  and well carved centrally placed mouse. Superb condition and colour, wax polished in our workshop.

Size: 15.3(w) x 8(d) x 4.5(h)cm

£ 425

Stock ref: DS2013

Circa 1960s / early 70s

An excellent example of  a vintage solid oak wall hung Corner Cupboard  from the Kilburn workshop of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson, with the earlier adzed framework.  Typical pegged and panelled construction with wrought iron fittings and fixed inner shelving. A beautifully carved incised mouse to the lower side panel with a trailing tail.

Cleaned and rewaxed it presents in excellent condition and medium fumed colour, just a few expected usage stains to the unwaxed inner shelves.

£ 1650

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