`MOUSEMAN` LOTS GET CHASED BY SOME KEEN CATS AT AUCTION

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There were lots made in America, Germany, France, China and India but it took a tiny carved wooden Yorkshire mouse to command some of the biggest prices in Lawrences’ recent Decorative Arts auction. Nine lots of highly distinctive furniture by Robert `Mouseman` Thompson of Kilburn in Yorkshire attracted keen bids and, unusually, there were larger items on offer instead of the more commonly found ashtrays and cheeseboards. Full story: Read more

OLD SPOON GETS ITS JUST DESERTS IN A WINTER’S TALE

Frozen Thames SpoonAn old spoon, thought by its Somerset owner to be worth under £100, served up a big surprise when it was sold at Lawrences in Crewkerne on January 19th. “It is a rare spoon dating from the reign of King Charles II,” says Lawrences’ specialist, Alex Butcher. “It was made in London in 1683 and is engraved with the legend `This Spoon was bought upon the Frozen Thames* January:28:1683/4` which makes all the difference to collectors.” Full story: Read more