Cat illustrations and watercolours hanging on the Wall in the Studio Six art gallery

Sale on Miaow! Cat-themed art discovered in Fulham studio

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Image captionMaisie Seneshall's cat artwork uncovered, and now for sale, at Studio Six on Dawes Road. PICTURE: MORGAN PHILLIPS

By Morgan Phillips 

A huge collection of vintage cat-themed art has been discovered in two dusty chests in the basement of a Fulham art studio.

Cat lovers have been making a fee-line to Studio Six in Fulham for half a century, enchanted by its array of porcelain cats... some appearing to climb up the shop’s distinctive façade in Dawes Road.

Porcelain cats made by Maisie Seneshall in a basket on the floor at the Studio Six art gallery
Image caption: Maisie Seneshall's porcelain cats. PICTURE: MORGAN PHILLIPS

Back in 1960 it was established as the studio of artist and sculptor Maisie Seneshall, who immortalised generations of Fulham residents’ pets in watercolour, ink and clay.

Then it passed to Mandy Scott, who inherited all the equipment and moulds to keep the tradition alive.

Mandy’s brother Ken recently discovered and opened two heavy cases in the studio basement, untouched since Maisie Seneshall’s death, and was staggered to find hundreds of sketches, paintings, ceramic tiles and porcelain figures, almost all of cats.

As a tribute to Maisie, who inspired Ken to take up pottery and who sometimes regretted that her work was only available to the well-heeled, Ken has decided to sell off the whole lot individually at modest prices, typically £10 for a small framed original, so a wider audience can appreciate her creative skills.

Thinking ahead to Christmas, they are ideal stocking fillers, and celebrate an intriguing part of Fulham’s artistic history. The purrfect present!

Studio Six is at 6 Royal Parade, Dawes Road, SW6 7RE (at the Munster Road end). 020 7385 1165.

Maisie Seneshall cat watercolours hanging on a gallery wall and on a drawing board
Image caption: Watercolours on display at Studio Six. PICTURE: MORGAN PHILLIPS

Watercolour painting of a cat hanging onto a broomstick in front of a night sky showing stars and the moon
Image caption: Watercolour painting. PICTURE: MORGAN PHILLIPS

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