21st July Fine Art Sale – Furniture

Our auctioneer, Ryan, can often be heard lamenting the fact that older furniture just does not sell as well as it used to. We get why, and the reasons are myriad from smaller houses, tastes have changed and it just isn't fashionable (not necessarily the same thing, at least not in the auction world). And…

18th Century Continental hardwood table cabinet – Sold for £7,500 at Anthemion Auctions

500 BCE philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus coined the phrase "The only constant in life is change", which in the antiques market is particularly applicable to furniture. Sadly, gone are the days of the grand mansions with their multiple salons and sitting rooms, and a dozen or more bedrooms, each half the size of a football pitch. All…

Robert Thompson of Kilburn – “Mouseman”

Robert (Mouseman) Thompson (1876 - 1955) was a British furniture maker, based in Kilburn, North Yorkshire. Thompson's trademark was a carved mouse, which appears on every piece he made from 1919 onward, hence the moniker "Mouseman". The story surrounding the iconic trademark, as told by Robert Thompson himself, was that one of his craftsmen remarked…