Ribble Valley residents know Lennox Cato from his appearances on Antiques Roadshow, but the TV expert – whose knowledge of antique balloon back dining chairs and other period furniture is now being put to use in the Sky Arts series Antiques House – also makes regular appearances off-screen at venues across the country.
On Monday 4th February, Cato will be visiting the Cotswolds – one of the centres of the arts & crafts furniture industry – to give a talk on ‘Antiques for Investment’ at the historic Calcot Manor Hotel, Gloucestershire. The event, which includes a two course lunch with wine, will be invaluable to anyone thinking of investing in the past, whether it’s fine art or a Victorian mahogany pedestal desk .
For the Lancashire resident entering an antique store for the first time, even buying an antique balloon back dining chair can seem a step too far, but Lennox Cato cuts through the confusion, covering both the pleasures and the pitfalls of antique buying, and explaining what to look for and what to avoid. The talk is not just for the serious investor; it will be just as useful for the casual buyer looking for something nice to put in the hallway. With Antiques Roadshow in mind, he will also share some valuation secrets.
Lennox has a lifetime’s experience of period English furniture – after all, his adoptive family was in the trade. Those investing in fine furniture, such as a Victorian mahogany partners desk , in Lancashire should check that the antiques dealer is a member of LAPADA or BADA. Cato is a member of both.
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