Here for your consideration is a magnificent pair of extremely rare, Robert Mouseman Thompson, hand-carved bookends, depicting six delightful little mischievous mice, nibbling away on two slabs of cheese that are sat on a couple of ornately decorated cheese boards in a very light, Zebra patterned, oak fume. Please take time to look at all 12 photos to fully appreciate the quality of workmanship in these delightful bookends. These trio bookends are in superb condition with no nicks, scratches, chips or splits. Couple of wood knots but nothing unusual.Can even see the whiskers of the mice that's how much detail has been achieved in carving these exquisite bookends. Just pure quality workmanship by undoubtedly one the most famous wood carving establishments of the 20th century.
He lived in Kilburn North Yorkshire, where he set up a business manufacturing oak furniture, which featured a carved mouse on almost every piece. It is claimed that the mouse motif came about accidentally in 1919 following a conversation about "being as poor as a church mouse", which took place between Thompson and a friend, during the carving of a cornice for a screen. This chance remark led to him carving a mouse, for the cornice. Originally the early mice had front feet carved, but they were removed, because they tended to get damaged very easily. Robert Thompson, The Mouseman of Kilburn, recognised the relationship we have with wood and chose to work with only the best quality naturally seasoned English oak (quercus robur).
The oak tree takes several hundred years to reach maturity and natures influence during that time will create variations in colour and texture, which only adds to the character. Over the years the patina will develop with waxing and polishing. Robert Thompson loved this relationship between nature and creativity, developing his skills to produce the very finest craftsmanship in English oak. He was part of the 1920s revival of craftsmanship, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement led by William Morris, John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle. More specific to furniture making in this genre and era include Stanley Webb Davies of Windermere.Probably some of the most famous Robert Thompson furniture was made for Ampleforth Abbey and college, they liked it so much that Ampleforth kept asking Thompson for more works, including the library and most of the main building, also most of Ampleforth College houses are decorated with Robert Thompson's furniture. Height: 7 inches or 17.8 cm (highest point). Depth: 4 inches or 10 cm (Bottom). Depth: 1.25 inches or 3 cm (Top).
Width: 4 inches or 10 cm (One) or Width 8 inches or 20 cm (Pair). Weight: 4lb 1 oz or 1.8 kg (Pair).
These stunning and very rare Mouseman trio bookends have become so very desirable/collectable and are really appreciating in value. Todays investment will become tomorrow's heirloom.A very highly collectable/sought-after pair of bookends that would make a superb gift. Please note, all our international postal charges are only estimates and will be confirmed up or down when we know the destination of where items are being sent. Also please feel free to check out our other items. The item "Magnificent Robert Mouseman Thompson Hand Carved Trio Mice Oak Bookends" is in sale since Sunday, September 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Woodenware\Other Woodenware".collectables" and is located in Staffordshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.