|QTY: 1 Job Lot||£14,000 Job Lot|
When we photographed and appraised this antique French Neoclassical chimneypiece, overmantel and arched cupboards, Laura (our photographer) found a snippet of a French newspaper with the date 27th August 1893 in the back of the fire surround. The way it was packed into chimneypiece looked as if it could have been put there during construction, possibly for insulation or immurement; the practice of burying or concealing items in the structure of a house. The newspaper title Roubaisien translates as from Roubaix (a city in Northern France). This area of France grew rapidly in the 19th Century thanks to a booming textile trade. We can envision a wealthy textile tycoon commissioning this grand chimneypiece for their beautiful home!
|QTY: 1 Job Lot||£3,000 Job Lot|
These gorgeous hand carved oak stair spindles were originally commissioned for the impressive 16th Century Fawsley Hall, which is located in Northamptonshire and set in 2000 acres of gardens partly landscaped by Capability Brown in the 1760’s. The hall suffered at the hands of the military during WW2 and was left empty following the end of the war. Over the past ten years the hall has been fully restored to its former glory and transformed into a luxury hotel. This is likely when the stair spindles were removed and reclaimed.
This reclaimed antique ceramic jardinière contains many traditional Chinese symbols, each with their own meaning, all depicted in beige gold. Symbols such as a stag and deer, which are thought to represent longevity and wealth, plus pairs of crane which are the ultimate symbol of wisdom and nobility. Imagine the beauty of the grand Chinese siheyuan this was originally created for.
|QTY: 1 Job Lot||£6,900 Job Lot|
Originally part of the Wickhams department store, completed in 1927 and designed to be the Harrods of the East End. The imposing classical style included these highly detailed, ornate lift doors, frames and balustrades. The story of the store construction is worth a few lines in itself and, as you’ll see, resulted in a rather out of the ordinary win for the little guy! As the grand department store was being built, it was presumed the wealthy Wickham family would finally buy out the small, family run Spiegelhalter jewellery company, whose modest premises were located smack in the middle of the department store’s street frontage. However, having already moved once to accommodate the Wickham's earlier expansion, the family run jewellers would not sell this time, leaving the completed building looking rather….. unique. Click here to see it in all its glory!
|QTY: 11||£200 Each|
These highly detailed sandstone corbels feature scroll and foliate designs. The huge amount of care and attention put into carving these corbels by hand makes for a beautiful finish quality. If not re-used as originally designed, and with several available, one idea could be to repurpose them as unique outdoor coffee table or bench legs.
As the leaves begin to fall and the weather gets colder our thoughts are drawn to warm evenings sat by the fire... and what a fire it would be within this monumental surround!! Hand made in the late nineteenth century with an oak mantel, decorated with acanthus leaf and cherub carvings, and scrolled Belgium blue limestone legs.
|QTY: 11 Remaining||£10 Each|
Charming views of the English and Welsh countryside 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.
|QTY: 1 Pair||£8,950 The Pair|
Magnificent brass double doors were reputedly salvaged from the Bank of England building on Threadneedle St, London. At nearly 3m tall with stylised floral detailed circular push / pull plates and an egg and dart beaded frame, these doors are sure to make an awe-inspiring entranceway!
This original Victorian cast iron water fountain is crying out to be returned to its former glory and located pride of place in a beautiful garden. With two cherubs, gold shells, leaf detailing and multiple outlets for water, once restored, this fountain will be the highlight of a garden or driveway.
|QTY: 1 Pair||£1,650 The Pair|
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.
|QTY: 24 Remaining||£85 Each|
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.
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.
|QTY: 1 Set||£29,500 The Set|
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!
|QTY: 105||£20 Each|
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.
|QTY: 156||£70 Each|
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!
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.
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