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Catching the mouse – twice

18 June 2011Written by Roland Arkell

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.


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Roland Arkell



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