|QTY: 1 Set||£11,000 The Set|
This intricately carved early neo-classical marble urn is reputedly from Otterburn castle in Northumberland. Otterburn castle is thought to have been founded by a relative of William the Conqueror towards the end of the 11th Century as a bastion to repel the Scots. The urn depicts a green man above a band of leaves which is the symbol of rebirth and continuous regeneration of life.
We are lucky enough to have sourced a substantial amount of genuine reclaimed Moroccan architectural salvage from a film studio - a whole street’s worth of doors, windows, shutters and the odd street vendor’s cart….. This fascinating collection includes roller shutters from a souk in Marrakesh, as well as this antique heavy door from a hotel near the OId Medina in Marrakesh. References to Moorish architecture can be seen in the keyhole forms of some of the windows. There are Judas doors (doors within doors), an array of bright colours from the rich jewel-coloured glass in doors and windows to the distressed patina of the painted woodwork and the rich rusted colour of the exquisite ironwork grilles.
Enchanting reclaimed 19thC lead sundial on a robust stone plinth. The lead has weathered beautifully with an attractive patina, and has some scratches and signs of ageing which add to its charm. The sundial is not attached to the stone plinth, and would need securing.
At English Salvage, we have in stock various different sundials in stone or metal.
The earliest examples of sundials are believed to have existed in Ancient China in the Zhou Dynast, and portable sundials were popular during the Song dynasty. The Ancient Egyptians too had their own version, and the Ancient Greeks with their in-depth geometrical knowledge, developed a more accurate sundial which was then adopted by the Romans.
The stick which casts the shadow on the face of the sundial is called the gnomon. Sundials need to be positioned in a sunny spot [for obvious reasons] and the gnomon must point to celestial North if being used in the Northern hemisphere [as opposed to magnetic North as shown by a compass], or South if positioned in the Southern hemisphere. The shadow cast by the gnomon then will enable you to tell the time similarly to how a clock face does.
|QTY: 5 Remaining||£400 Each|
The pattern on encaustic tiles is created by using different colours of clay as opposed to different colours of glaze. In early tile making, only two colours were used and no two tiles were the same since they were all handmade by tilers. These skilled and respected craftsmen just worked from March to October, because of the cold weather's effects on the clay. Encaustic tiles were used in Churches, Abbeys and Priories in Medieval times and these particular ones date from C14th-16th and are identical to ones seen in Great Malvern Priory. Measurements vary from 13/13.5cm square x 2.8cm thick. The tiles are understandably weathered, with some chips to the edges.
|QTY: 1 Job Lot||£22,000 Job Lot|
Recently we were fortunate to salvage a rare example of a complete Victorian shop room interior. This well crafted antique interior is made from mahogany and includes gold backed signs and beautifully made etched glass cupboard fronts. Previously the interior was repurposed into an impressive kitchen. Now the interior is ready for another life, if not a kitchen, perhaps as a useful interior for a vintage shop, restaurant or more… the possibilities are endless!
|QTY: 3 Remaining||£425 Each|
Rumour [unsubstantiated] has it that this set of eleven striking lights was salvaged from a Manchester nightclub. They are unique and would make a real impact in any large store, restaurant or club setting. The vivid orange-yellow Perspex pendant shades are surrounded by elaborate black metal fretwork. At the base they have a frosted Perspex baffle to soften the light. The lights are an interior designer’s dream – vintage, rare and flamboyant without being ostentatious. Each light has three bayonet bulb fittings and four small drilled holes to the top of the metal frame for hanging. There are a few areas of loss to the metalwork but the lights are in good condition and very striking. The light fittings are untested. NB: These are very large - check the dimensions. Would you make a statement using these in your design?
|QTY: 4||£82.45 Each|
These colourful ornithological illustrations can be found in the 18th Century Historie Naturelle by Diderot & d’Alembert. The illustrations are by French engraver Robert Benard. The set of four, with the vibrant birds prints and unusual rounded rectangular wooden frames, would make an eye-catching vintage wall vigeitte.
Reclaimed pawnbroker’s wall-mounted shop sign in the traditional form of three gold balls suspended from a gold bar. There are several theories as to the origins of the pawnbroker’s sign, amongst which one that the bezants originated from the Medici family crest, which consisted of six of these balls, representing coins or the weights used when money-lending. The Medici were the most influential banking family in C15th Europe. Another theory of the origins of the sign is that pawnbrokers in Lombardy used to hang three gold coins outside their shop to attract attention, then moved onto three gold spheres as they were more noticeable. The third popular theory is that the C4th Saint Nicholas of Myrna gave a poor man's three daughters each a bag of gold as a dowry without which they would not be able to marry and would likely have had no other choice but to become prostitutes. By coincidence, or perhaps not, December 6th is not only International St. Nicholas Day, but also National Pawnbrokers Day.
An imposing statuary marble surround with a fascinating history. This fireplace was reclaimed from Chatsworth House Estate and was likely to have been designed by Sir Jeffry Wyatville in the 19th Century. Sir Jeffry Wyatville, a painter, draftsman and architect, was commissioned for the alterations at Chatsworth from 1818 by the 6th Duke of Devonshire. This white marble chimneypiece, with its scrolled volute brackets ending in stylised anthemion, is identical to that installed in the Flower Room at Chatsworth. The "stepped" frieze and boldly scrolled volutes with anthemion relate to other non-grec motifs seen in Wyatville's work at both Chatsworth and elsewhere.
|QTY: Job Lot||£0 See text|
We reclaim thousands of doors; from the usual Victorian four panel pine doors, to the very unusual, one of a kind statement doors and this oak double door is definitely one of the latter! Reclaimed from a grand house in central Lille, France, this antique door has double the impact with one face having an art nouveau style design, and the other a neo renaissance appearance. Both sides of the door come complete with an architrave, as well as dado height room panelling and a swans neck shaped fireplace overmantel. To complete the room interior, we have the original marble and slate fireplace available too!
Antique stained glass found in churches has the most amazing, brightly coloured designs and this reclaimed piece is no exception! The window is made up from six leaded panels and has a bright purple border with Gothic shaped tops. The stained glass window depicts a scene from John Chapter 21 where Jesus asks Peter to care for his sheep and has been fully restored in 1995 with a commemorative plaque to the family who likely funded the restoration.
|QTY: 48||£150 Each|
If you’re looking for several large, impactful, statement lights, then look no further! We reclaimed 40+ of these chunky metal Italian military lights and have repurposed one into a pendant light with the idea of using the original mounting block as a matching ceiling rose. These lights could also be used as wall up / down lights... the possibilities are endless!
|QTY: Job Lot||£14000 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 Pair||£5,000 The Pair|
If you are looking for some impact in your garden, look no further than these magnificent hammered copper urns. As the weather begins to brighten into spring our thoughts turn to our gardens... If you’re looking to add focus and scale to yours then these urns would make great planters, either side of an entrance way or to liven up a dark corner.
|QTY: 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.
|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: 13 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.
|QTY: 1 Pair||£1650 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.
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.
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