Robert Mouseman Thomson  adzed Oak kidney shaped tea tray


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Robert Mouseman Thomson adzed Oak kidney shaped tea tray


A superb Robert Mouseman Thomson  adzed Oak kidney shaped tea tray with two carved mouse handles. In excellent condition with a wonderful depth of colour  typical adzing Signature Mouse carved to each a side. An excellent example of this work and in superb original condition


Robert (Mouseman) Thompson (7 May 1876 – 8 December 1955) was a British furniture maker. He was born and lived in Kilburn, North Yorkshire, England, where he set up a business manufacturing oak furniture, which featured a carved mouse on almost every piece.

Thompson’s trademark carving on the altar rail in Kilburn Parish Church, North Yorkshire.It is claimed that the mouse motif came about accidentally in 1919 following a conversation about “being as poor as a church mouse”, which took place between Thompson and one of his colleagues during the carving of a cornice for a screen This chance remark led to him carving a mouse and this remained part of his work from this point onwards.

Thompson was part of the 1920s revival of craftsmanship, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement led by William Morris, John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle. More specific to furniture making in this genre and era include Stanley Webb Davies of Windermere.

The workshop, now being run by his descendants, includes a showroom and visitors’ centre, and is located beside the Parish Church, which contains “Mouseman” pews, fittings and other furniture. The company is now known as “Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd – The Mouseman of Kilburn.”

Fr Paul Nevill, a former Headmaster of Ampleforth College, asked Thompson to make the Ampleforth Abbey’s furniture; the school liked it so much that Ampleforth kept asking Thompson for more work, including the library and most of the main building. Most of Ampleforth College’s houses are now decorated with Robert Thompson’s furniture.

Date English c 1970

Dimensions Approximate width 46 at widest point and height 31 cm

Condition report Excellent original condition.

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