A collection of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture and furnishings from legendary chef Marco Pierre White’s hotel the Rudloe Arms in Wiltshire, is coming under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers in North Yorkshire. The 65 lots, which includes an array of classic Mouseman pieces, will be sold in the 20th Century Design Sale on 9th October.
Marco Pierre White, who was born in Leeds, says of the collection:
“As a boy growing up in West Yorkshire, I used to go fishing in Otley where I often walked past Chippendale’s House, who I knew was a furniture-maker. I remember thinking that Chippendale signed his furniture with a mouse - I suppose I had heard talk of ‘Mouseman furniture’ and put two and two together.
Years later I saw a Squirrelman candelabra and read of his link with Mouseman furniture. Investigating further, I soon discovered the real author of the mouse signature – Robert Thompson.
I began collecting pieces to furnish the Rudloe Arms Hotel on the edge of the Cotswolds; not only is Mouseman incredibly practical and durable – perfect for a busy hotel – but it is beautiful and so tactile, especially the adzed surfaces. English oak is a fantastic material.
Now, having found myself with pieces of Mouseman furniture surplus to the current needs of the hotel, I am delighted to return a selection to Yorkshire where they will find new homes. “