Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Bespoke Early 3' Oak Side Table, Horlicks Collection

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.

Sympathetically cleaned of old ringstains and re-waxed, it presents in superb condition with excellent colour and patina.

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

£ 3,550