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Sidney H. Barnsley (for Kenton & Co.)
VITRINE CABINET ON STAND
stamped to the underside S.H.B. / KENTON & CO. LD. / A. Thorn
abalone and tulipwood parquetry, glass and rosewood
81 by 51.5 by 53.5cm., 31¾ by 20¼ by 21in.
1865-1926
Made circa 1890-92.
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Catalogue Note

Kenton & Company was a short lived workshop producing work of superb quality, it closed in 1892 after just a year1. Reginald Blomield, Mervyn McCartney, William Lethaby, Ernest Grimson and Sidney Barnsley were the designers behind the firm. Work by them was shown at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society in 1891 resulting in £700 of sales, although this did not halt closure (Frances Collard, 'Kenton & Co.', The Decorative Arts Society Journal, vol. 20, 1996 pp.29-33). All of their pieces, in true Arts and Crafts tradition, were stamped with not only Kenton & Co. but with name of the designer and cabinet maker, in this case an A. Thorn.

1. See W. R. Lethaby, Ernest Gimson, His Life and Work, 1924, p. 6 for more on Kenton & Co.

The Fine Art Society: 142 Years on New Bond Street

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