English Salvage Ltd
This delicately carved stone statue has been catching our eye ever since it arrived in the yard! The intricate detailing, all carved from a single piece of stone, shows a high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Purportedly the female figure is the Hindu goddess Parvati; the goddess of love, devotion and divine strength / power, and looks to be holding the chakram (a form of discus) which is associated with the goddess, as are the flowers and trees in the arched backdrop. The cow licking her feet demonstrates the ultimate sign of respect and admiration. Parvati is usually represented as fair and benevolent, a fine example to us all!
A fascinating selection of original Picture Post photojournalistic magazines, published between 1938 and 1957. Picture Post was a popular, liberal, anti-Fascist publication which from its inception campaigned against persecution of Jews by Nazi Germany. In a time before television, the magazine focused the British public’s attention to what was happening in the World. Selling nearly two million copies per week and read by an estimated 80% of British people during WW2. In early 1941 Picture Post published their ‘Plan for Britain’ which included child allowances, a minimum wage, a National Health Service and reform in education. This publication led to discussions about post-war Britain, and influenced William Beveridge’s 1942 Social Insurance & Allied Services Report (known as the Beveridge report) which became the basis of the welfare state created by the Labour government elected in 1945.
These conspicuous stained & painted glass panels are the most colourful, unique, English Country style, stained glass we've seen in a long time! Each panel is different with swags, tails and ornate bowls full of fruit as exotic as pomegranates, pineapples & bananas. Beautifully detailed butterflies, birds & lizards dance around the fruit enticingly, adding a feeling of vibrancy & life. They would look best in a series of windows, or interior panels, for maximum impact!
This room interior set is a first class example of the extraordinary detailed, and extravagant, carvings created in Portugal by top notch craftsmen during the late 17th / 18th Century Baroque period. A Portuguese historian suggested the panelling was created in the 17th Century for a merchant's house in Porto, Portugal, with further pieces being added over the following century. Figures of sailors are depicted on the jambs of the fire surround with over mantle, and it is reputed these figures were sailing on a Portuguese ship in the 17th Century. This would tie in with the dates and other information given by the historian, if only we knew the name of the ship!
A striking French polished grey marble fireplace with an ornately carved central cartouche, stylised foliate designs along the frieze, and beaded edging to the mantel. Imagine a roaring open fire being safely enclosed by such a large, warm and appealing grey marble surround; the fire would look even more alive, and the room that bit more luxurious.
A truly arresting piece of painted stained glass depicting Sir Francis Drake in his armour. With the date 1928 and initials CBH painted onto the medallion designs, either side of the central panel, this piece contains plenty of history. Not to mention that Sir Francis Drake was the first English person to circumnavigate the globe in the 16th Century!
A quintessential piece of late Victorian history, these magnificent sections of original oak lift panelling, have come directly from London's Baroque-style Coliseum theatre, built in 1904. Now housing the English National Opera, the Coliseum was originally one of the most opulent in Europe, with the prestigious claim of possessing a lift to transport its patrons to its upper echelons!
These stunning mirrored panels would add reflective light and character to a small dressing room or dimly-lit hallway.
Portway & Sons began in the 19th Century when Mr Charles Portway created his first enclosed metal stove. Inspired by a similar North American design, the stove instantly proved popular. Named the 'Tortoise Stove' due to their 'slow but sure combustion', they are still among the most efficient multi fuel stoves today! This Tortoise Stove was created in 1908/1909 and its excellent condition (over 100 years later!) is a testament to the top notch design and manufacturing by Portway & Sons.
An impressive pair of Neoclassical tall fluted wooden columns with ornate scroll and foliate capitals. These columns, both originally painted and gilded, are each just over three metres tall and would look stupendous in a grand portico or hallway. With a fresh coat of paint and gilt work, they would look even more exceptional!
This statement early 19th century antique urn made by late Victorian tile and pottery manufacturer, Hexter Humpherson & Co. from Newton Abbot, Devon needs to be seen to be appreciated. The terracotta salt-glazed urn features a wonderfully elaborate relief of fruits draped around the central body sitting atop a gadroon base. This splendidly ornate vase demands pride of place on a terrace or patio.
The epitome of industrial design meets reclamation! The metal table base was originally part of a clock tower mechanism. Once salvaged the scrolled feet, and a striking marble work top, were added to complete this rare and unusual table. Perfect as a quirky serving counter in a shop, cafe or even as an island in an industrial style kitchen.
Perhaps few of us now are old enough to remember VIROL – but this reclaimed enamel advertising sign proclaims it was an important ‘… Food for Growth’, a preparation of bone marrow which was given before and after the World Wars to treat sick children and build up their immunity, despite later being suspected of causing tooth decay! This collectable vintage sign is a wonderful piece of memorabilia and would make an eye-catching display in a home, shop or pub.
Royally-acclaimed designer Geoffrey Harcourt’s maxim, “first the person, then the chair,” is easily reflected in this iconic pair of his 1973 red leather and alloy office chairs commissioned by the renowned Dutch manufacturer, Artifort. Combining a fresh aesthetic look with ergonomic comfort, these distinctive chairs will appeal to both art lovers and vintage furniture collectors alike: eye-catching statement pieces for a contemporary shop or bar.
A fabulously original and individual desk lamp that will spark the imagination and plenty of debate! The two bulb lamp has been innovatively recreated from a vintage industrial chloroform or trilene vaporiser whose colourful glass gauges show the levels of Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide and Nitrous Oxide attached to the appropriate rubber tubing. Probably used around the 1940s-1950s, this vaporiser was manufactured by leading medical equipment suppliers, ‘MIE’, based a few blocks away from Harley Street, who worked closely with the medical profession to develop experimental products for anaesthetic purposes during and after the Second World War. Reinventing this important medical item as an exclusive piece of lighting with vintage squirrel cage filament bulbs will provide any pub, shop or home with an exclusive item of historical significance and ongoing purpose.
Iconic British transport installations such as this underground railway signalling light are not only sought after by collectors but also offer countless opportunities to the modern interior designer.
The form and shape are not superb - notably the coloured stepped glass lenses and hinged drawbridge rear panel.
A charming apothecary unit that sparks the imagination; the intriguing history of this unit makes it a wonderfully appealing piece. It exudes character, from its beautiful warm finish and quality build to the drawers still labelled with various medicines and remedies. A unique piece which would make an excellent conversation piece in a home or put back to work in an industrial setting.
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