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‘Dealing In Excellence’ Part II

Summer Selling Exhibition 2015

‘Dealing In Excellence’ Part II Summer Selling Exhibition

Welcome to my second catalogue to coincide with this year’s annual solo exhibition, in which I have managed to compile a selection of, what I believe to be, items of merit, rarity and quality. Last year’s publication was met with such favourable feedback that I have increased the amount of articles shown, so offering a wider variety of antiques and works of art.

With the age of technology well and truly upon us, we have just about everything at our fingertips. We are always just a click away from information and knowledge, however, in my opinion, nothing beats a good quality publication in your hands that you can pick up from time to time and enjoy and learn from. I hope this catalogue will provide you with an insight into my way of thinking that reflects my stock and indeed my premises.

I encourage you to view my exhibition at first hand and touch and feel the quality of pieces made in a bygone age. As always, I will keep up my mantra in recommending you buy the best you can afford, quality and provenance are always key when buying antiques so please remember...

‘When price is forgotten, quality is always remembered’ With kindest regards,

Lennox Cato


Goat’s Head Candle Vases Pair of silver gilt filigree Goat’s Head Candle Vases. Circa 1790 - 1800. After the design by Matthew Boulton; the tops are reversible to become candleholders above an amphora-shaped body with swags flanking on either side from a pair of ram’s head masks on a short socle and raised on a square stepped plinth. Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill were widely supported by the aristocracies both of England and Europe and therefore it would not have been unusual for a pair of these to arrive in the major cities of Russia and the far East. This design of vase was believed to be for the Russian and far Eastern market. Small repair on the filigree near the base on one vase. Matthew Boulton 1728 – 1809 was the son of a wealthy toy manufacturer, through his father he learnt how to establish and successfully manage business ventures. Boulton moved to the Soho area of Birmingham around 1759 rebuilt an old mill and transformed it into the Soho Manufactory, which, in its day became the most famous factory in the world. Boulton went into partnership with John Fothergill for a period of 20 years and achieved the reputation of being the largest producers of decorative metalware. It is believed that the Goats Head vases were their most popular design, the first recorded sale being made to a Mrs Yeats in 1769, then Sir William Guise. Other buyers include Lord Digby in 1774 and Lord Scarsdale in 1772. English circa 1790 - 1800 Height with finial 21cm; Height with candle-holder 21.5cm; Width 6cm Depth 6cm

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English carriage clock by Payne & Co 163 New Bond Street. This fascinating and highly individual carriage clock is signed on the beautifully engraved shaped and silvered dial by the eminent clockmakers and retailers, Payne and Company, who had extensive premises in Bond Street. The elaborately hand engraved gilded case is remarkably, a “one piece� casting with a small carrying handle on top. Delicate blued steel hands are used and a French movement is employed which strikes and repeats on a bell.

English circa 1855 Height 16.5cm Width 11cm Depth 5.7cm


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Queen Anne A fine and rare pair of girandoles with moulded cross-grained walnut frames and each having a single brass candle arm; which could possibly be a later replacement.


English circa 1710 Height 61cm (24ins) Width 40cm (15他ins)

William & Mary A superb and very rare 17th century stool made of solid walnut. The V & A Museum has an identical leg to a chair which was made for Arthur Onslow, speaker of the House of Commons. English circa 1690 Height 43cm Width 54cm Depth 40cm ‘Dealing In Excellence’ Part II

17th century cabinet An exceptional example of a fine quality burr oak and figured walnut veneered two door cabinet on chest. The upper section has a drawer in the frieze; The cabinet interior houses a collection of eleven drawers and a single door cupboard which hides five small drawers. The lower section has two short over two long graduated drawers. The whole is supported on bun feet.

English circa 1700 Height 73cm (68ins) Width 102cm (40Âźins) Depth 51cm (20ins)


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Walnut side chairs Pair of early 18th century walnut high backed cabriole leg side chairs, each with original carving on the front knees. LENNOX CATO

English circa 1710 Height 105cm Width 62cm Depth 62cm

English Delftware A large and very rare mid 18th century Bristol pottery punch bowl decorated in the chinoiserie style. A single Chinese figure in a garden with fine polychrome colours, reds, greens, yellows and blues. A/F old repairs; chips on the rim, hairline cracks and small holes.

English circa 1740 Height 16cm (6¼ins) Diameter 30cm (12ins)

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A fine quality George III period carved gilt-wood looking glass with a later silvered mirror plate. English circa 1770 Height 127cm (4ft 2”) Width 66cm (2ft 2”)


18th century commode chest

A mahogany and parcel-gilt commode chest of drawers. The shaped rectangular serpentine top above two drawers. Cascading carved giltwood swags as an apron to the sides and front. Altona, circa 1780. This area is now known as Hamburg, Germany.

German circa 1780 Height 74.5cm Width 86cm Depth 49cm

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Dutch School 19th century still life oil painting on canvas in carved gilt wood frame. Note the unusual almost square shape. The whole is painted in the Dutch manner.


Large floral display of mixed flowers in a single masked urn, with insects flying around the flowers and a birds nest with a collection of eggs.

Dutch circa 1870 77.5 x 77cm (inc frame 96 x 95cm)

Small side cabinet A Regency period rosewood and parcel-gilt two door side cabinet with gilt-wood spiral columns. The top is finely inlaid with ebony, boxwood, and banded in satinwood and kingwood. Pleated panel doors enclose adjustable shelves. The whole is of outstanding quality.

English circa 1800 Height 86cm Width 68cm Depth 34cm ‘Dealing In Excellence’ Part II

Susanna and The Elders. Large rectangular embroidery panel of grotesque design. A depiction from the Old Testament; Susanna with her loyal servants. In the back ground the two old judges spying on her while in the vicinity of her large family house. Condition; Minor conservation with some re-embroidery.

Lowlands Dutch circa 1530 94 x 198.2cm (37 x 78ins) The whole is housed in a 21st century acrylic frame.

Provenance: Heronden Hall, Tenterden, Kent. In Babylonia lived a man named Joachim, who was married to a beautiful woman who was fearful of God called Susan (Lily). Joachim was a wealthy bourgeois and had a big house with a garden. As a respectable member of the community, many Jews congregated in his house. Among the LENNOX CATO

Jews who visited the house of Joachim were two old judges. When visitors came to the house of Joachim, his wife, Susanna, went for a walk to the garden. Seeing her every day walking about, the two old men began to desire her. At first neither knew of the secret desires of the other, until one

day when both left the house and then met again when they returned to the house of Joachim to spy on Susanna. Both confessed to their lustful desires and agreed to seek an opportunity for both of them to be alone with the young Jewish girl. One day Susanna went to the garden as usual, unaware

that the old men had hidden in her garden to spy on her. As the day was very hot, Susanna decided to take a bath and sent her servants to bring her oil and soap and told them to shut the garden gate. When the servant left, the old men came out of hiding and harassed the girl saying

that if she did not acquiesce to their lustful desires both will testify against her saying that she had been unfaithful to her husband with a young man. Susanna refused the old men and was put on trial where the two elders testified against her as they had said. The old judges sentenced

her to be stoned. While on her way to her punishment, Susanna asked God for help. The young Daniel stopped them all saying that Susanna was innocent. After talking with the old men separately, Daniel discovered that they were lying. In the end it was they who were sentenced to death. ‘Dealing In Excellence’ Part II

English 19th century A circular tilt-top mahogany dining table with the original extensions, making the table seat from a comfortable 6 to 10. The whole is raised on a central carved support which rests on a circular base on four lion paw feet with concealed castors. English circa 1830 Diameter without extensions 120cm (50ins) Diameter with extensions 153cm (60ins) Height 69.5cm (27 Âźins) LENNOX CATO

The Roman chairs Made by Thomas Reynolds, a pair of library chairs each stamped with the initials ‘TR’ on the underside of the seat rails. This chair maker is recorded in the ‘Dictionary Of English Furniture Makers 1660 – 1840’; page 738. Redecorated.

English circa 1810 Height 91cm Width 55cm Depth 60cm Seat height 35cm

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Giltwood stool Attributed to Lenygon and Morant, a single giltwood foot stool in the George II style. Lenygon and Morant were established in Old Burlington Street, London in 1915 and specialised in furniture in the early 18th century style. Lenygon


became well-known as a cabinetmaker to England’s aristocracy and opened his own firm, Lenygon & Co., in 1904. In 1912 he merged with Morant & Co., to become Lenygon & Morant, holding royal warrants under four successive British kings.

English circa 1915 Height 47cm (18½ins) Width 79cm (31ins) Depth 55cm (21½ins)

Pole screens An outstanding pair of late 18th century pole screens, each with rectangular panels with finely painted still life scenes of flowers and fruit. Raised on small turned feet with three elegant out-swept long legs. The rise and fall of the rectangular panels is done by canterlever weight hidden in the tassel. English circa 1790 Height 163cm (64¼ins) Width 43cm (17ins)

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18th century Bureau de Dame A most unusual Louis XV 1723-1774 French kingwood and tulipwood veneered desk of serpentine and bombe shape. The whole decorative effect of the inlay disguises the fact the maker was most probably provincial and has used very few bronze mounts. The inlaid cartouches frame fine parquetry and marquetry work. The upper-section has a fully fitted desk cabinet or cartionnier, with secret cupboards either side of a tessellated floor. The fall front desk has a fully fitted interior, with three long drawers below. The first long drawer has fitted compartments with a central mirror. The bottom drawer opens out completely including the apron, which is in the manner popular in the 1750’s.

French circa 1750 Height 164cm (64ins) Width 106cm (41ins) Depth 56cm (22ins)


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Writing table An important Regency period mahogany ormolu mounted and ebonised free-standing writing table of superb colour and quality. The sophisticated design with figured drawer-fronts and matching end panels outlined with contrasting ebonised mouldings with three mahogany lined drawers either side. The ebonised tassel topped legs are raised on brass cupped castors. English circa 1810 Height 76.5cm (30¼ins) Width 156cm (61½ins) Depth 92cm (36½ins)


Pedestal Partners writing desk A fine example of a Georgian Chippendale period mahogany leather lined pedestal partner’s desk with a narrow cross banded top. Nine drawers on one side with cupboard doors on the opposing side. One cupboard encloses vertical shelves, the other encloses horizontal shelves. The whole is raised on a plinth base with concealed castors.

English circa 1770 Height 79cm (31¼ins) Width 144.5cm (57ins) Depth 82cm (32¼ins)

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John McLean Regency brass-mounted end supported mahogany veneered sofa table from the workshop of John McLean & Son. This article has an original label inside the oak lined drawer and reads; Manufactured & sold by John McLean and Son 58 Upper Mary-le-bone-Street, The end of HowlandStreet, Portland Place. This label was used for a period from 1805 – 15 LENNOX CATO

English circa 1810 Height 64cm Width (open) 136cm; Width (closed) 88cm Depth 64cm

Drum table

William IV rosewood drum library table. Inset gilt tooled green hide leather top fitted with four frieze drawers, with later brass knob handles.

English circa 1830 Height 71cm (28ins) Diameter 115cm (45½ins)

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Blue John urns A large pair of Georgian Blue John chimney ornaments of neoclassical urn shape. Each raised on black Belgian marble and white statuary marble. The whole is supported on a square plinth base. Gilt-metal finials possibly later. Blue John was first discovered over two thousand years ago by the Romans, Blue John is an unusual mineral from the area around the Mam Tor mountain in a hillside near Castleton in Derbyshire. This is the only known location where Blue John can be found, though other types of fluorspars are mined throughout the world. The name ‘Blue John’ is believed to derive from the French bleu jaune, meaning ‘blue-yellow’, and is characterized by bands of blue/purple and yellow/white coloured veins. English circa 1790 Height 37.5cm Base 9.5 x 9.7cm


Ormolu mounted butter tubs A rare pair of 18th century Derby butter tubs with covers and later ormolu mounts. The whole is beautifully executed with exotic plants and stylised animals. Burghley House, Stamford in Lincolnshire, has a collection of seven butter tubs with covers, all having the same knop, ‘the strawberry’, and similar rectangular shape although without later embellishments.

English circa 1758 Height 16cm Width 12cm Depth 9cm

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Venetian centre table A superb 19th century circular top Venetian centre table. With a crouching carved wood blackamoor below a festoon of swags with gilt-wood tassels. The figure is resting one knee on a cushion, and his body is draped with colourful fabric. He wears a head-dress of feathers. The whole is supported on gilt lion paw feet. This is a really good example of carving and proportions which one usually expects to see on period pieces of the 17th century.

The first blackamoors were carved in Venice in the late seventeenth century as freestanding pieces of the sculptor’s art, rather than items of furniture. They often had little practical use except as stands for vases or candelabra but were occasionally seen as supports for magnificent displays such as tables, cabinets, and stools. They are a derivation of the work by Domenico and Francesco Stainhart whose magnificent carvings include figures in full relief and often full size in the 1670’s. From 1684 Andrea Brustolon carved many negro figures for LENNOX CATO

major Venetian families making them a very fashionable statement for a Venetian home. Blackamoors continued to be made as a Venetian speciality throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and are still being made today in a very convincing manner. Condition is paramount as repairs are difficult and very expensive. The soft pine or fruitwood carving is often easily damaged when knocked and great care has to be taken when moving these lacquered and painted figures.

Italian circa 1870 Height 84cm Top diameter 70cm Base 68 x 67cm

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Library table clock

A very small attractive rosewood library table clock by Wm Wilson, Strand, London Circa 1840. The case has a gadrooned top with a turned finial, canted side angles with brass inlay, and a base with a decorative moulding sitting on bun feet. The 8 day fusee movement has 4 finely turned pillars, shouldered and footed plates, anchor escapement and a pendulum holdfast. The 4" silvered dial has foliage and flower engraved corners, good hands and a full signature. William Wilson was working in Southampton St Strand, London from 1839-44.

English circa 1840 Height 30.5cm inc the turned finial (12ins) Width 18cm (7ins) Depth 12cm (4他ins) LENNOX CATO


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