Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson A Large Arts and Crafts Refectory Table with Two Benches, circa 1940

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Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson
A Large Arts and Crafts Refectory Table with Two Benches, circa 1940

Sold for £ 15,000 (US$ 18,786) inc. premium
Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson
A Large Arts and Crafts Refectory Table with Two Benches, circa 1940
dark stained oak, the adzed rectangular surface on two octagonal supports joined by a lower stretcher, the benches with three supports
table - length 366cm, height 74cm, width 75cm; benches - length 366cm, height 45cm, width 27.5cm; carved mouse signatures (3)

Saleroom notices

  • Date; We can now more accurately date the table and benches from 1948-1970. Carved mouse; Just one of the benches has the carved mouse, but we believe this to be because they are a matched pair. The age and construction has been carefully examined and we believe them to have been constructed at the same time. Provenance; The table and matching benches were all purchased by the private vendor at the same time and were from the same collection and source. The following information came from this source; "This massive and beautifully constructed adzed table, complete with the original matching benches, comes from a significant collection of Yorkshire oak furniture by Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. It originates from the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, commissioned by North Riding College between 1948 and 1970. The Scarborough Campus was built in 1909 and designed by Scarborough-born Fred Rowntree, a notable Arts and Crafts architect. The campus was built for Orleton Preparatory School, who occupied the site from 1910-1940, before becoming home to the North Riding College from 1948-1993. Since then, the campus has been home to University College Scarborough, and was part of the University of Hull. It was from the late 1940s that the commission of Yorkshire oak furniture was given to Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson. Not only was his furniture local, but it was very well suited to life in an educational institution – simply designed and constructed, and extremely durable."
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