Robert Thompson Mouseman- Rare dark gouged oak bowl

Robert Thompson, also known as ‘Mousey’ Thompson, was a British furniture maker who is known for his oak furniture that entails a carved mouse on every piece. Thompson had a relevant role in the 1920s revival of craftsmanship, inspired by the arts and crafts movement led by William Morris, John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle. The mouse motif that is unique to the designer, is said to have come about accidentally in 1919 following a conversation about “being as poor as a church mouse”. Thompsons most relevant works include his complete furnishing of the Ampleforth Abbey in Yorkshire.