April 2014
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Firstly, we apologise for this rather lengthy newsletter, but we have rather a lot to tell you about as several of us are busy preparing for various selling exhibitions to be held here in Edenbridge. These are as follows:-

Jupiter Antiques Selling Exhibition - 200 Years of British Porcelain 1750 - 1950
This two day event, to be held over the weekend of 3rd and 4th May, will be showcasing not only our resident porcelain specialists, Brad and Kevin, but also Tony Horsley Antiques and Mark and Sandra Diamond. They will once again be taking over much of the ground floor showrooms with a wonderful display of hundreds of pieces of fine British porcelain produced by major factories over a 200 year period.

All items will be for sale and admission is completely free. The event will take place during our normal Saturday opening times between 10am - 4.30pm and Sunday 11am - 3pm.

Amherst Antiques will be presenting one of their famous Tunbridge Ware Days on Sunday 11th May. Entitled 'What's in a Box?'. The day will start at 10am with a welcome coffee and an opportunity to peruse around the galleries. Dianne will commence her talk at 10.45am by discussing what can be learnt about Tunbridge Ware by looking at a single box. This will include design, veneers, lining papers and labels with reference to other Tunbridge Ware examples. At 12.15pm the group will stop for lunch at our favourite local pub, The Old Eden. then back to the galleries for 2pm when Dianne will proceed with an illustrated talk about the fascinating family history connected with this box. Such well-known names as Lord Alfred Tennyson and Edward, Prince of Wales and Mrs. Simpson will be woven into this story as well as a Jamaican sugar plantation, a notorious divorce and a famous 18th century race horse! We can certainly promise this will be a highly fascinating and enjoyable day.

Tickets cost £28 per person to include lunch. Although tickets have been selling well we do still have some spaces so don't delay in booking your place. Bookings close on Saturday 26th April.

Lennox Cato will be presenting 'Dealing in Excellence', an eight day summer exhibition showcasing some exceptional pieces, many fresh to the open market. Always with an eye for design and quality, this selling exhibition will not disappoint. Starting on Friday 13th June and ending Saturday 21st June (closed Sundays) the exhibition will be open during normal opening times. An accompanying catalogue will be available as well as an online version. These will be publicised in due course.

You may have noticed the BBC's Antiques Roadshow has now launched a magazine all about this iconic programme and the world of antiques. It has some very interesting articles and some wonderful behind the scenes snippets. Look out for the August issue when Lennox and the galleries will be featured in a five page article. Click here for more information on the Antiques Roadshow magazine.

Our oak specialists, Shaw and Valerie Edwards, would like to let their clients in the West Country know they have now relocated to the South Hams area of Devon, where they will be happy to continue meeting clients by appointment.

Well, as you can see, we do not sit on our laurels and there will be many more events to follow as we proceed through the year. We do hope you will find something of interest amongst these events and welcome you to all if not one or two!

With our very best wishes,
Lennox, Sue and all at the galleries.


Object of the Month

This month we are featuring this exceptionally beautiful chest offered by Shaw Edwards Antiques. Shaw describes it as an important English carved oak 'Great Chest' from East Devon. Circa 1650.

This coffer is typical both in construction and decoration of a group of chests and boxes that must have been made in local workshops in this part of Devon. Some people attribute them to the workshop of William Searle and Bill Dennis. However, there is insufficient hard evidence to support this theory unequivocally.

It was normal to use the Oak 'in the Green' for construction at this time and the lovely Waney line of the back rail is a typical consequence of this practice. The high price of timber resulted in a characteristic in this group of Chests whereby very spare or thin timber was used with the resulting splitting and cracking as the wood dried out and shrank and warped.

The decoration is instantly recognisable as from this area with its classical urn out of which sprouts stylised Trees of Life, but this chest is enhanced by the very rare inclusion of a pair of birds eating fruit within the Spandrels. The leading edges have been decorated with punched motifs, which is another very common feature of furniture made in this region in the middle of the seventeenth century. This Chest would have originally been painted, and there are significant traces of a range of pigments ranging from the white background to plentiful remains of red and lesser amounts of blue and green.

To see more information on this item click here.

Signature Pieces

John Robertson
'The Surrey Downs near Dorking' British 1887

Pars Rug Gallery
Antique Persian Qashqai Persia 1880

S & S Timms Antiques
Rosewood Wellington chest English circa 1850

Jupiter Antiques
Chelsea Bell shaped coffee cup circa 1754

Dates For Your Diary - Fairs & Other Events
29th April - 4th May 2014
The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ

3rd & 4th May 2014
'200 Years of British Porcelain 1750 - 1950'
A selling exhibition with Jupiter Antiques, Mark & Sandra Diamond & Bob Horsley.
The Edenbridge Galleries

Sunday 11th May 2014
Amherst Antiques present 'What's in a Box?'
A Tunbridge Ware Day at The Edenbridge Galleries to include lunch at local eatery.

5th June - 15th June 2014
Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair
Olympia Exhibition Centre, Olympia Way,
London W14 8UX

13th - 21st June 2014
Lennox Cato presents 'Dealing in Excellence'
The Edenbridge Galleries

Please contact us for complimentary invitations for any of the above fairs.

1 The Square - Church Street - Edenbridge - Kent - TN8 5BD

Gallery +44 (0) 1732 864 163 or +44 (0) 1732 865 988

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