YORK­SHIRE TREAT

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - 2018 AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS -

THE AUC­TION HOUSE: Sworders, Es­sex THE LOTS: The Hor­lick Col­lec­tion of Robert ‘Mouse­man’ Thomp­son fur­ni­ture sold on 9th Oc­to­ber THE PRICE: £290,280 in to­tal (est £100,000)

Ear­lier this au­tumn, a cache of ‘fresh to the mar­ket’ Arts and Cra!s-style fur­ni­ture made by Robert ‘Mouse­man’ Thomp­son (1876-1955) was con­signed to Sworders. Named the Hor­lick Col­lec­tion, the 40 lots of fur­ni­ture came from the Hor­licks fac­tory in Slough, an art deco build­ing ki"ed out with Mouse­man fur­ni­ture in the Thir­ties. ‘It was one of the largest com­mis­sions Thomp­son re­ceived in his prime pe­riod and they were choice pieces, rang­ing from partner’s desks to chairs to coat stands,’ says Guy School­ing of Sworders. The top lot was an oak dresser that fetched £35,000, a record for Mouse­man fur­ni­ture. Even two hum­ble oak pa­per trays made £2,100. 01279 817778; sworder.co.uk

An enor­mous dresser achieved a record for Mouse­man fur­ni­ture at Sworders in Oc­to­ber.

A Mouse­man partner’s desk made £13,000, one of five in the Hor­lick Col­lec­tion.

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