If the trademark of the Mouseman needs little in the way of
introduction, then its author probably does.
Robert 'Mousey' Thompson was born in Kilburn in North Yorkshire
in 1876, the son of the village's jobbing carpenter and stonemason.
But he had ambition for the family business.
Inspired by the splendid medieval carvings at Ripon Cathedral,
Thompson began experimenting with his own ideas for producing
furniture in the British vernacular tradition.
Eschewing the modern tools of an industrial revolution, he
embraced the mortise and tenon joint dowelled for strength and
mastered the adze as a tool for shaping and smoothing surfaces that
gave his furniture its distinctive rippled appearance.
by Roland Arkell
From the ATG Archive
22 December 2007
BACK in 1936, a Mr Harry Woods decided to refurbish his home, The Gate House in Brighouse, and commissioned a fellow Yorkshireman, working some 50 miles away, to provide interior panelling, window seats and doors, as well as various items of furniture.
11 January 2010
AS part of a decision to downsize, St Joseph's Convent at Haunton in Staffordshire sold the remainder of their collection of oak furniture and accessories by Robert Thompson (1876-1955) at Richard Winterton of Lichfield.
09 August 2008
NORTH Yorkshire auctioneers Tennants have cut a profitable niche selling the furniture of local craftsman Robert Thompson, but for their July sale they went one better.
ATG Site Search
29 May 2012
A collection of work by the late Sid Pollard, a well-known Yorkshire furniture maker, will go under the hammer at Addison’s sale in Barnard Castle, County Durham, on June 2.
23 January 2010
This graduated pair of Staffordshire shaped oval meat platters are printed in green with scenes from the rare and desirable ‘Arctic Scenery’ series.
19 December 2011
A SPATE of raids between October and December have seen pieces of furniture by Robert Thompson stolen from rural churches in Yorkshire.
14 April 2008
NORTH Yorkshire saleroom Tennants, who have made a name selling the furniture of Robert Thompson, have secured an entire Mouseman commission for sale in July.
18 June 2011
IT is interesting to compare the commercial fortunes of these two similar, but not identical, Mouseman adzed oak sideboards sold at auction in recent weeks.
03 December 2007
Ten Mouseman stools were stolen from The Forresters Arms Hotel in Kilburn, North Yorkshire in the early hours of Monday, November 26.