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Collection of Mouseman Furniture from Whitby Priory up for Sale

6th June 2019.

Tennants Auctioneers’ Modern Living: Art & Design Sale on 22 June is set to include a collection of Mouseman furniture from The Order of the Holy Paraclete, formerly of St Hilda’s Priory, Whitby, which has recently moved to a new home.

The highlight of the collection is a pair of impressive open-backed bookshelves with integral benches, which are estimated to sell at £7,000-10,000 (plus buyer’s premium) and were commissioned for the Priory in 1934. With each standing at over 2m in height, the bookshelves are amongst some of the biggest free-standing pieces of furniture made by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson of Kilburn.

Two 7’ 6” refectory tables are also on offer from the Whitby order, and were once used in their dining hall. Dating from the 1930s, the tables are estimated to sell for £2,000-3,000 each (plus buyer’s premium). Also on offer from the collection are benches, stools, and prayer desks.

From other vendors comes further lots of period and modern Mouseman furniture and furnishings, including a pair of ‘triple mouse’ bookends (estimate: £1,000-1,500 plus premium), a beautifully figured burr oak kidney-shaped table (£1,500-2,500 plus premium), and a rare octagonal mantel clock, fitted with a Smith’s clock from a 1930s MG car (estimate: £1,500-2,000 plus premium).

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