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Mouseman - Robert Thompson

Mouseman is the sobriquet of Robert ‘Mousey’ Thompson (1876-1955), a vernacular furniture maker based in Kilburn, North Yorkshire using traditional construction methods. His pieces are characterised by a small carved mouse ‘signature’.

His furniture spawned a whole school of other Yorkshire vernacular craftsman working in the same vein with similar nicknames including Gnomeman, Squirrelman and Acornman – some of whom started out as Thompson’ apprentices.


Mouseman oak cupboard

The mouse roars in New York…

23 January 2004

Even if the buying power of Americans is not so much in evidence in Europe in some quarters these days, they appear much less reluctant to flex their financial muscles in their own back yard. This seems to be particularly true when it comes to decorative arts.

Specialist spots oak sleeper in garden venture

13 May 2003

A TIMELY debut for a garden and architectural items section at Andrew Hartley's April 9-10 sale (10% buyer's premium) brought in private buyers who usually fire this market but also a specialist who spotted a sleeper – a pair of carved oak corbels, each depicting the head of a cherub over an acanthus leaf and scroll base.

The ungnawn Beaver

06 January 2003

Coming up in Galashiels... The Yorkshire Arts and Crafts cabinetmaker Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson hardly needs an introduction. His distinctive adzed oak furniture, each piece relief-carved with a small mouse, proved so successful that a menagerie of imitators sprang up in the 1950s and ’60s.

Gnomeman oak dining room suite

18 April 2001

UK: Mouseman – the name resounds beyond the world of arts and crafts furniture.