A green velvet & crewelwork, tester, single bed, in the manner of the 17th century, from the Collection of the 1st Viscount Cowdray, Cowdray Park, Sussex, supplied by Lengyon & Co circa 1910September 19, 2019 8:32 am
Height with finials 280 cm., 110 in. Height 246 cm., 97 in.,
Width 127 cm., 50 in. Length 224 cm, 88 in.
Box Spring Length 193 cm., 76 in. Width 112 cm., 44 in,
The detachable finials upholstered in green velvet. The tester has a green velvet cornice and is upholstered with a beige ‘dot’ fabric on the underside. The full length back panel is upholstered in crewelwork. The shaped headboard is upholstered in green velvet and faced with braid. The pelmet, side curtains and bedspread are upholstered in crewelwork. The turned posts are upholstered in green velvet. The box spring has a velvet valance faced in braid attached
FRANCIS LENYON, LENYON & CO, LENYON & MORANT
Born in England in 1877, Lenygon was trained as a cabinetmaker and studied at the South Kensington Museum in London. By 1900, he found work with Art Workshops, Ltd., and soon after with Charles Duveen, son of Sir Joseph Duveen. Employed by C.J. Charles for several years, Lenygon became well-known as cabinetmaker to England’s aristocracy. He opened his own firm, Lenygon & Co., in 1904, and in 1912 merged with Morant & Co., to become Lenygon & Morant, holding royal warrants under four successive British kings.
In 1910, Lenygon made his first visit to the United States to supervise the interior decoration of Whitlaw Reid, and soon opened a New York branch of his firm. As in England, Lenygon’s American clients were wealthy and sophisticated and relied on Lenygon to furnish authentic and reproduction interiors in period styles. In the 1930s, Lenygon was hired by Nelson Rockfeller to serve as a major consultant to the reconstruction of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, and selected all the furnishings for the Governor’s Palace there.
Lenygon was widely known for his expertise in 17th- and 18th-century British furniture and interiors and lectured widely on the subjects. He served as president of the American Institute of Decorators and the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the North British Academy. Lenygon died in New York City in 1943. He was survived by his second wife, Jeanette Becker Lennygon, whom he married in 1926. Jeannette was also a well-respected interior designer, best known for her redecoration of several rooms in the White House during John F. Kennedy’s presidency and for the interior redesign of Gracie Mansion for New York mayor John Lindsay. She was also a founding member of the American Institute of Interior Designers. Jeannette died in Evanston, Illinois, in 1977
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