Stock ref: DS2026
A bespoke commissioned Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson Oak Hat and Coat Stand, standing on an adzed four section 2′ 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.
Sympathetically cleaned and re-waxed it presents in excellent condition with solid joints and a rich aged depth of colour and patina.
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 hat and coat stands from this commission, made with this base design. ( see also stock ref: DS2025)
Size: 61(w) x 61(d) x 166.3(h)cm