Robert Mouseman Thompson was born on the 7th May 1876 in Kilburn, North Yorkshire. Thompson initially trained as an apprentice engineer before returning to the family business under the guidance of his father but unfortunately tragedy struck when his Father died in 1895, leaving a young Thompson to run the family business. Regarding the iconic mouse motif, it is believed that the trademark mouse came about after a brief conversation between work colleagues who referred to ‘being as poor as a church mouse’ and thereafter Thompson carved a mouse into his works. Thompson formed part of the Arts & Crafts movement which became popular in the 1920’s. This creative era included British textile designer William Morris and Stanley Webb Davies, leading makers of Arts & Crafts furniture in the early to mid 20th Century. Thompson’s work became in high demand which lead to many commission projects including Ampleforth College which undoubtedly propelled popularity and many more commissions works followed. Robert Thompson had a hugely successful career until his passing on 8th December 1955.
Mouseman furniture and small collectibles remain extremely popular to this day. Carnes Fine Art have some expectational early 20thCentury pieces, from tables and stools through to a small fruit bowls. Please enjoy browsing our collection on offer and please do not hesitate to contact the gallery if you require any further assistance.