Vintage Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Furniture



2015-06-26 10:33:39

Brief history and description

Robert "Mouseman" Thompson was born on May 7th, 1876 and died on December 8th, 1955, and was well known for his stylish furniture designs.

Thompson became an international phenomenon after he founded a business which manufactured oak furniture, all of which featured a signature carved mouse which became his trademark for the rest of his life. (Thompson later said this signature motif which led him to being nicknamed "Mouseman" came from a conversation about "being as poor as a church mouse.")

Some of the many furniture items manufactured at Thompson's business include bed, stools, chairs, tables, sidebars, dining tables, cabinets, wardrobes, and much more.


Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Dining sets

Robert "Mouseman" Thompson's oak dining table with six matching oak dining chairs are worth between £8,000 and £10,000.

Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Tables

=Robert "Mouseman" Thompson curved and oak writing tables can be worth around £9,300.

Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Cabinets

Sotheby's in New York sold a Robert "Mouseman" Thompson oak and iron cabinet for $84,000 in December of 2003.

Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Stools

A single Robert "Mouseman" Thompson carved oak stool can be worth between £200 and $240.

Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Wardrobes

Robert "Mouseman" Thompson oak wardrobes are sometimes worth around £5,000, however, Sotheby's in London sold the same oak wardrobe for £13,200 in February of 2003.

Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Sideboards

Sotheby's in London sold an oak Robert "Mouseman" Thompson sideboard for £6,240 in February of 2003.

Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Beds

Sotheby's in London sold a pair of single Robert "Mouseman" Thompson carved oak beds for £3,120 in May of 2003.

One of Robert "Mouseman" Thompson's oak double beds, on the other hand, are usually worth between £1,600 and £1,800.

(All values based on auction results from

Guide for collectors

Robert "Mouseman" Thompson oak and iron cabinets are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors.

Restoration of a Robert Thompson furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an item may reduce its value). Restoration which involves changing or removing any of Thompson's signature "mouse" carvings is not recommended.

For more information regarding Robert "Mouseman" Thompson furniture, visit Robert "Mouseman" Thompson's official website or the Craven Museum and Gallery.

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