The Horlicks factory in Slough recently closed and the company will be selling its valuable art and furniture.
Most of the antique furniture was designed by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson and there are paintings in the factory by the painter David Jagger.
Robert Thompson furniture is divided into two periods. The pre-1955 period was when Robert Thompson made them. Later period furniture was produced by subsequent generations of the family firm. The Robert Thompson furniture commissioned by Horlicks is being sold at an auction on October 9th and are from the earlier period. These are expected to fetch high prices.
A painter’s desk that contains Thompson’s mouse signature is likely to bring between £4,000 and £6,000. An oak refectory table with the Horlicks’s coat of arms has an estimated value of between £6,000 and £8,000. With commission and other fees, buyers will pay considerably more.
Some items also contain ironwork in the arts and crafts style. These are thought to have been made by blacksmith Will Dawson.
The Robert Thompson company is still active near York and employs skilled craftsmen that make quality wooden furniture inspired by the original Robert Thomson designs. The furniture factory also has a museum where visitors can learn more about the life and work of the furniture maker.
You may be lucky to find Robert Thomson furniture at Lancashire antique dealers. If not, there are plenty of fine antique dining chairs and antique dining tables for sale at reasonable prices.
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