2nd Mar, 2024 9:30 GMT/BST

20th Century Design

  Lot 161


Robert Mouseman Thompson (1876-1955): An English Oak Panelled Small Robe, 1930's, with burr oak panels, wrought iron hinges and latch with square head screws, full hanging pole, two shelves, on four square section feet, recessed carved front paw mouse trademark,
65cm wide, 56cm deep, 137.5cm high

Made for Kate Elwell, Robert Thompson's secretary for several years until her marriage in 1938.

Photograph of Kate Elwell painting Alms boxes at Robert Thompsons workshop, Kilburn, Yorkshire, taken by G. Bernard Wood of Leeds.
Photograph of Kate Elwell (left) two others and Robert Thompson.

Sold for £4,800
Estimated at £3,000 - £5,000


Auction: 20th Century Design, 2nd Mar, 2024

A selection of good, early pieces of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson furniture will be coming up in the 20th Century Design Sale on 2nd March, including a circa 1929 Monk's Chair from Ampleforth Abbey, two circa 1930s Monk's Chairs from the Horlicks family, and a circa 1930s Partner's Desk. These will be joined by a strong offering of modern Mouseman. A further good example of Arts and Crafts furniture comes in the form of a very finely made Cotswold School Dressing Mirror. 

Amongst the ceramics in the sale will be the Dr John C. Yule Collection of Linthorpe and Middlesbrough Pottery, a Private Collection of Dennis Chinaworks Pottery, a good example of Pilkington's Royal Lancastrian, and a Private Collection of Studio Pottery including pots by Richard Batterham. 


Thursday 29th February - Friday 1st March 10am-4pm, and the morning of the sale from 8am

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