TWO superb ‘Mouseman’ monks chairs are to be sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne.

The January Fine Art Sale will include two early monks chairs which date to the 1920’s/30’s. Both are carved with a Latin inscription on the back which translates as ‘Salvation through the Cross’, with a hand holding a cross. The chairs are slightly different, with one carved on the top with faces and the other carved with a fish and a rosette. Both are also carved with roses on each side.


The firm of Robert Thompson of Kilburn in Yorkshire has been producing high quality hand-crafted furniture since the 1920’s and is famous for its trademark carved ‘Mouse’ on every piece. They often produced items for churches and  the Latin inscription could indicate a commission for a religious institution.

These chairs were purchased by the vendors’ parents in the 1950’s in London and have remained in the family ever since. The sale also includes a small oak stool with leather top by the same maker.

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Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, ‘Mouseman furniture continues to be very popular in auction and we have handled some wonderful pieces over the years. These are early pieces which makes them very commercial with collectors and we are expecting a great deal of interest.’

The chairs are estimated at £1500-£2000 each and will be included in the January Fine Art Sale on Thursday 17th Jan.

For further enquiries about this sale or if you wish to consign items, contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.

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