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.
As part of their Summer Catalogue sale (July 17-18), specialist Dianne Sinnott has secured the complete fixtures and fittings of the Senior Library at Leeds Girls High School, completed by the Kilburn workshop from 1933-34, and bearing Thompson's famous carved mouse signature.
The school is now moving to a new site and, while elements of the old building are listed, no preservation order was placed upon the Mouseman interior. In addition to 16 tables and 87 chairs (to be offered in sets of six), there are both freestanding and fitted bookcases, an alcove seat, radiator covers and wall panelling. The main door and frame will also be offered for sale: it is inscribed The gift of a friend for the benefactor who paid Thompson £1222 for his work in 1934.
Diane Sinnott believes the consignment will collectively realise in excess of £100,000.