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.
The example below, measuring just shy of 6ft (1.82m) wide, was
sold on March 30 by Hartley's (15% buyer's premium)of Ilkley.
Geographically close to Thompson's Kilburn workshop these
auctioneers have a strong following for Yorkshire oak and had been
a little disappointed to see this pre-War piece sell at the lower
end of a £4000-6000 estimate.
The sideboard, pictured below, was offered by Moore Allen &
Innocent (15% buyer's premium)in Cirencester on May 27.
It shares many of the same features including the distinctive
nine drawer arrangement, wrought iron latch and hinges and the
darkening patina of a 1930s piece. However it was deemed a better
example on account of its carved backboard, the canted corners with
carved trademark and its waisted octagonal feet - factors that saw
it bring a more substantial £7600.