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LAMBETH POTTERY : A Forgotten Heritage

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LAMBETH POTTERY : A Forgotten Heritage

Left Rear of Upper-Fore-Street, c1866 Right Pothouses on the banks of the river Thames    Pottery production has been has known to exist in Lambeth, South London, since Roman times. The Potteries, also known as Pothouses, concentrated near the River Thames between Vauxhall Bridge and Lambeth Bridge. The sixteenth century and the introduction of tin mining saw rise to the popularity of Lambeth pottery. Cutting edge techniques of tin-glazing otherwise known as Delftware, a method of producing a white glazed pottery that can be over painted with metal oxides to create intricate patterns or pictures, made lambeth pottery extremely sought after.  Pothouses...

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ASHBURTON MARBLE : A Devonian Limestone

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ASHBURTON MARBLE : A Devonian Limestone

Above A section from an Ashburton marble fireplace surround during restoration at our Ware workshops.   Ashburton Marble is the most well known of the Devon marbles, coloured grey to black with white and pink veins of calcite.  This stone was formed during the carboniferous period some 350 million years ago by earth movements and the intrusion of Dartmoor granite which compacted and transformed the surrounding stone. Ashburton marble contains corals, crinoids and brachiopod fossils from the Devonian sea. In its unpolished state it was used for walls and can still be found as kerbstones along East Street in Ashburton; in...

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Historic Antique Windows from Tate Britain Up-cycled into Mirrors

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Historic Antique Windows from Tate Britain Up-cycled into Mirrors

Some of our most popular pieces in the showroom are our reclaimed antique window mirrors. We’ve recently salvaged striking cast iron window frames from various locations that, when re-purposed as mirrors, make fantastic focal points with a little bit of history included. Last year Jason removed several of the original cast iron windows from the Tate Britain as part of the gallery’s modernisation. These wonderful Victorian window frames were originally the basement windows in the oldest part of the Tate Britain building, which was designed by Sidney R J Smith and built in 1897. You can spot the frames in their original setting in...

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Large 1920s Architectural Clocks from Leicester Square

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Large 1920s Architectural Clocks from Leicester Square

One of our most notable recent acquisitions is a pair of spectacular exterior clock-faces that were removed from the former Automobile Association (AA) headquarters in Leicester Square, Central London. The large 155cm diameter clocks would make outstanding decoration with fantastic provenance. The extraordinary clocks were originally positioned on each corner of Fanum House, which flanks the West side of Leciester Square. Fanum House was purpose built in 1923 as the AA’s central hub and headquarters. The building was designed by architect Andrew Mather, who also designed a large number of cinemas throughout the period, including the Odeon just across the square. The clocks were in...

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Victorian Ornately Carved Mahogany Panelled Room on Display

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Victorian Ornately Carved Mahogany Panelled Room on Display

A complete Victorian mahogany panelled room, one of our most spectacular current salvaged items, is now on display in all its magnificence at our sister site in Hertford. The outstanding panelling was originally made for a Victorian Gentlemen’s Club in the West End of London and dates from 1873. It is an excellent and extraordinary example of Aesthetic design, featuring elaborate and detailed carvings including regal-looking masks, reeded columns, scrolls and acanthus leaf decoration. There is also a grand mantel and a stunning portico featuring ornate stained glass. You can view the panelling in full in the video below, although I’d...

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