Mouseman: Angus Ashworth previews Yorkshire oak sale at Ryedale Auctioneers - including Mouseman and Squirrelman pieces

Ryedale Auctioneers of Kirkbymoorside are preparing for their latest sale - which includes numerous lots of Yorkshire oak.

Among the pieces going under the hammer as part of the country house sale on March 31 are a Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson stool, bookends and light fitting, and a Wilf 'Squirrelman' Hutchinson bowl.

The oak furniture and household items are part of a group described as 'the Yorkshire Critters' by auctioneer Angus Ashworth, encompassing craftsmen working in the Yorkshire area and using distinctive animal-themed trademarks.

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Mr Ashworth stars in the TV series The Yorkshire Auction House and Antiques Road Trip and has become known as 'The Yorkshire Auctioneer'.

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"But there's this whole group of them we call the Yorkshire Critters - there's the Gnomeman (Thomas Whittaker) up at Littlebeck near Whitby; and then we have Rabbitman, Beaverman, FIshman, Owlman.

"There's also a bureau by Sid Pollard - he didn't use a signature but his handcrafted pieces are also very collectable. We are always looking for more pieces like this."

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