|QTY: 1 Set||£4,250 The Set|
Our curated selection of antique Indian doors is every growing, in both size and popularity! Well known for the many ways they can be repurposed not only as doors, but as coffee tables, partitions, panelling, screens and more! They are ideal for commercial interiors, such as restaurants or shops, or equally in a bohemian, rustic style home, see our full range here. The antique Indian sandstone entranceway and double doors shown here is particularly special, with detailed hand carvings throughout, it is a truly unique piece.
|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!
France is an endless resource for some of the most beautiful marble and stone surrounds and this limestone fireplace is no exception. Reclaimed from the Burgundy region, famed (not only for its wine!) but also the yellow and pink coloured limestone typical of the region. Did you know that it is the limestone itself which helps to create the richness, depth, and mineral content of the soils and therefore the top-quality wine produced in the Burgundy region.
|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.
For those with a nautical interest, this rare antique binnacle is a fascinating piece of history, and certainly one of the most important pieces of equipment on board! Originally it would have likely been set in a waist-high case or stand on the deck of a ship, usually in front of the helmsman. Binnacles were used to house navigational instruments, such as a compass, which would have typically been mounted in gimbals to keep instruments level during rough seas, in addition to an oil lamp or similar.
|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.
Wenqin Chen was born in 1979 in Fujian, Zhang Zhou. In 1999 he studied at the Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University in Beijing before moving to the UK to study for a MA degree at the Winchester School of Art. Since 2007 Chen has been teaching and continuing his art practice alongside. "Everything has life, life is everywhere" is the truth Wenqin Chen consistently explores in his works. Along with this theme he continues to make works which aims to stimulate our psychological reactions. As well as this piece, other notable art works of this time are: “Speciment”, “Kang?!” and “Up Side Down” which won the runner-up of the annual competition at British Saatchi Gallery in 2009.
|QTY: 3 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: 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!
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: 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||£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.
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.
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: 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?
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