English Salvage Ltd
Strand theatre lights are highly regarded in the theatre community, having been used throughout theatres in the UK and Ireland since the company’s inception in 1914. Strand Electric, as it was originally named, was founded by Phillip Sheridan and Arthur Earnshaw, both theatre electricians based in London. This striking Stand floor lamp is an excellent example of Strand lights and with some restoration would make a fantastic feature floor lamp.
These charming views of the English and Welsh countryside were created by Phillip James de Loutherbourg (also known as Phillippe-Jacques). Loutherbourg was born in Strasbourg in 1740 and became a well-known painter, set designer and inventor. These drawings were originally published under the title ‘Picturesque English Scenery’, around 1801 – 1805, and were reproduced using aquatint; a form of etching. Several of his paintings are now in the government art collection.
Exceptional antique French Louis XVI style fireplace hand carved from Breche Violette marble. This vivid and striking type of marble is sourced from Italy, near the town of Serravezza. Breche Violette marble can sometimes have larger veins of colour which better suits larger, architectural pieces. This particular marble has smaller veins of cream, red and purple shades which bring it to life beautifully.
These repurposed balcony sections are great examples of why the designer Christopher Dresser is thought of as one of the most talented designers of the 20th Century. Dresser’s success was in part down to his enthusiasm for the industrial revolution. While contemporaries such as William Morris rallied against modernisation, Dresser appreciated the benefits it could bring and he strove to successfully produce well designed, functional and affordable products for everyday people.
Vintage French enamel road signs all with a blue background, white writing, a white border and look really effective when displayed in multiples. Several of these signs refer to areas of Paris; such as Rue De Lapparent and Avenue Hoche. These decorative signs work well in an industrial loft type interior, or exterior. Alternatively they could add a touch of nostalgia to a French cuisine restaurant or café.
Striking in their detail, these four antique 19th Century cast iron Campana urns on plinths depict male figures above acanthus leaves and gadrooned bases. Their design is based on the famous monumental Medici & Borghese vases which were both carved from marble towards the end of the 1st Century BC and feature gods from Greek mythology. Today the Medici vase can be viewed in the Uffizi Gallery and the Borghese vase is housed in the Louvre.
It has been a while since we’ve seen such an impressive, and frankly huge fire surround! To give you an idea of just how monumental this Victorian surround is; Barney is our scale model in the photos, and he is 6’3! The combination of materials used for this surround makes it even more interesting. Oak could have been chosen for the mantel due to its material properties when compared with the limestone legs. Comparatively the main benefits of oak is that it is lighter and has better tensile strength in order to span the 3m+ required.
Contrary to our understanding of the name today, Gothic design originally aimed to lighten the feel of a space by increasing window sizes and using arches more effectively to reduce column diameters. We are fortunate to have salvaged so many gorgeous Gothic pieces over the years. Recently we saved some beautiful Gothic architectural elements from the Derby Boys Grammar School Chapel, built in 1863, now demolished. Including several windows, each with slightly different tracery detailing, a niche and a pair of arched double doors, with stone surround.
Warm autumnal colours are brought to life in this stained glass portrait of the mighty Titian. When Titian was 10 years old he arrived in Venice, then one of the most prosperous cities in the World, and joined the workshop of Gentile Bellini to study painting. In 1511 Titian painted his famous frescoes in Padua and his portraits became sought after among the elite of Venice. Over the following years he received many more large commissions for religious paintings and frescos in public buildings, eventually becoming the most in demand painter in 16th Century Europe.
These iconic mid-century modern style stackable chairs were designed in the 1960s by Adam Stegner for Flötotto. Using the innovative material Pagholz for the single piece back support and seat, with strong metal legs. Pagholz is a durable and strong high density laminate perfect for precision and stability, making it ideal for chairs in high use environments such as restaurants, cafes or even at a busy kitchen table!
These beautifully intricate moulded composite relief plaques would make a lovely, textural display when hung individually, or alternatively, hung in multiples to create a full feature wall. The plaques are moulded from panels in Chatsworth House, which stands on the bank of the River Derwent in Derbyshire. The house is well renowned for its important collections of art work which spans the last 4000 years.
Every time these Indian themed paintings catch our eye in the showroom they always make us smile! So much life and character has been captured in these images, they’ll add interest and life to any space, and the bright colours are exactly what’s needed on cold winter days.
We love this utilitarian style metal work bench, it’s a great example of industrial furniture! Originally a post office sorting table, this could be upcycled into a fantastic work bench for a jewellery designer or model maker, or even just for a spot of paper work. The multiple shelves, as well as being useful storage, are a great way to display beautiful objects too.
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 and overmantel, 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!
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!
This very rare original enamel advertising sign for Millennium Flour would make a great display piece. The former flour mill building, located on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock, is an iconic part of the London Docklands landscape. Re-built in 1930 in the art deco style, it has made its way into pop culture with appearances in many films and television shows.
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