Circa 1960, set of 6 solid oak dining chairs by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thomson of Yorkshire, consisting of four side chairs and two armchairs. The square backs have slightly rounded sides and a rippled effect back, created with an adze. The armchairs have two solid oak arms which have a dip in the centre and are pegged jointed into the uprights. The chairs seats are upholstered in hide held in position by brass studs. Beneath the seat, the uprights become enlarged to form the back legs, and the front legs have the classic faceted tapering legs with a carved mouse on one leg, finishing on large block feet. Stylish and fine quality set of chairs.
Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson of Kilburn, Yorkshire was a prolific maker of the 1930’s producing traditional handcrafted English oak furniture. 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 one of his colleagues during the carving of a cornice for a screen. This chance remark led to him carving a mouse and this remained part of his work from this point onwards. ‘The Mouseman’ has since become known as one of the best craftsmen of the 20th century and his family firm of Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd still today manufactures the highest quality English oak furniture in Kilburn, using the same traditional techniques and skills.
Matching dining table also available – ref 13426.
- Armchairs 90cm high x 51cm wide x 46cm deep. Side chairs 85cm high x 45cm wide x 41cm deep.