Stock ref: DS1496
Circa early/mid 1950s
A rare and unusual bespoke oak photo frame made ‘out of hours’ by Mouseman craftsman David Miles Hoggarth for his own personal family use. It was common practice in Robert’s lifetime for craftsmen to make personal pieces carved with their own trademark mouse for their own family and friends use, and was undertaken with Robert Thompson’s knowledge and approval. In later years following Robert’s death this became more strictly controlled and eventually forbidden. Retained by his family until our acquisition recently directly from his step son, together with a mantel clock and another photo frame (DS1497 / DS1495).
Of landscape orientation with swept shaped sides and lovely medullary ray graining from the use of selected quarter sawn oak timber, with David’s signature mouse carved in high relief prominently to each side edge. It is very rare to find two carved mice on mouseman pieces. The glued and pinned framework is subtly adzed all over with mitred corners and chamferred inner edges. Inset with a plastic pane with a solid oak back and a baize lined base. We have replaced the old screws with new.
It presents in wonderful waxed condition with a warm rich aged colour, a superb and unique rare piece for a mouseman collector. The display window is 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
Size: 39.2(w) x 4.7(d) x 21.7(h)cm.