For this episode of “Statues of Stature” we bring you an old favorite and friend, Kaspar the cat. This renowned feline is a three foot tall, beautifully carved, exquisitely drawn sculpture, commissioned from Basil Ionides in 1926 from a single piece of plane tree. For many however, their first glimpse of the elusive feline, is on the Strand where two topiary Kaspars guard the entrance to Savoy Court and The Savoy London.
For any dining group of 13 at The Savoy, Kaspar will be that lucky extra companion, sitting quietly in the background with a napkin tied around his neck, served each course as a bona fide guest. Why, you might ask, is there a need for this cure-all for a superstition? Well in 1898, the diamond magnate Woolf Joel gave a dinner party at The Savoy before he departed to South Africa. One guest cancelled at the last minute and thirteen sat down to table. The host laughed off the superstition that the earliest to leave the table would be destined to die first. A few weeks later, however, Woolf was shot dead in his office in Johannesburg.
No need to worry though – the conversation is never wooden.
Contributor & Photography: Sue Lowry
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