Robert Mouseman Thompson Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak Dining Table c. 1960



An 8 foot 6 inch Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School dining table by Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson made in about 1960. This item features:
  • Made in solid English Oak
  • Four plank top featuring fox tongue joints with exposed dowels only used pre-1971 (see Mouseman: The Legacy of Robert Thompson of Kilburn by Patricia Lennon and David Joy, Great Northern Books, 2012 pages 43 and 44)
  • Trestle end joined by a stretcher
  • Plain (non-adzed) finish


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall length 259 cm (8 feet 6 inches)
  • overall width 90 cm (2 feet 11 and a half inches)
  • overall height 71 cm (2 feet 4 inches)
If you need a very exact dimension, or one we haven't included, feel free to contact us and we will measure it for you


c. 1960


Robert Thompson's famous carved mouse motif on the leg

About Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson

Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson (1876 to 1955): One of the most famous British furniture makers, who was part of the 1920s revival of craftsmanship, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement renowned for his pieces featuring a carved mouse and adzed surfaces. His pieces are always simple, solid, instantly recognisable and beautifully made out of fine materials. They are highly sought after

About English Oak

English Oak: The most British of woods, that can produce really special results. English oak has been used for hundreds of years to construct everything from sea-going vessels to fine furniture. Although oak grows widely across Europe and North America, craftsmen continue to cherish English oak which grows more slowly than its foreign counterparts giving it strength, durability. Quarter sawn boards are very straight grained and have distinctive growth rings and medullary rays that give a very beautiful effect as well as being renowned for their superior stability and strength

About Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Furniture

The Yorkshire School of the Arts & Crafts movement started with Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson's  transformation from jobbing carpenter to master craftsmen. By the mid-1920s he had adopted his trademark mouse (now world renowned as a symbol of quality furniture) and had his own workshop busily employing several men. As the workshop grew and over the years many of the craftsmen have taken their skills and branched out and adopted a trademark of their own, a fox, a lizard, a fish, a rabbit to name but a few, and whilst some have closely stuck to the Mouseman designs others have taken the style and adapted it. Other craftsmen, unconnected to the Mouseman workshop, have also chosen the classic Yorkshire Oak style as their own. Typical Yorkshire school items are in English Oak, with traditional pegged joints and adzed surfaces


Good sound original un-restored condition Some light marks and surface scratches on the top as expected. Contraction gap between the centre planks and along the grain at one end. One foot and the mouse has be chewed by a puppy. If you wish to have further specific photographs or talk to us for a more detailed condition report then please do not hesitate to contact us

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