English Salvage Ltd
These large, vintage copper lanterns with trefoil handles both have such a lovely, almost aquamarine coloured verdigris, that they would make a great addition to a garden. Hanging above a large outdoor dining table, or under a pergola, these lanterns would add lots of light and colour. They help create the perfect garden space to spend long summer evenings enjoying a glass of wine, or two, in!
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.
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.
The sheer enormity of this piece is enough to make it impressive, but to attribute its impact purely to its size would disregard the craftsmanship and detailing that make this an incredible structure. The 18th century is widely known as the ‘golden age’ of the highly trained furniture maker, with sophisticated and richly decorated pieces, and this is a prime example of fine artistry at its best.
Instant nostalgia in the shape of a pair of carved stone door surmounts that stand testament to the days of short trousers and satchels, the school yard bell, a world of echoing corridors and the sound of a thousand doors and desks opening and closing...
Evoking an atmosphere of the Far East in your garden, restaurant or bar could be made possible with the addition of this stunning reclaimed Indian triple archway. Painstakingly carved from teak, these highly decorative arches feature a riot of intricate floral detail juxtaposed with geometric cutout friezes. This eye-catching piece would make an enchanting shop façade, summer house frontage or unusual restaurant interior.
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