Salvage & Architectural Antiques

This broad category can comprise anything from small iron fittings to monumental stonework. Popular areas include fireplaces, garden ornaments, tiles, window frames, signs and plaques.

Plenty of reclaimed objects are offered via specialist traders, auctions and fairs taking place up and down the country and often held outdoors.


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Dealer John Read Smith happy to be on the road

26 June 2017

Travel broadens the mind, they say. Busy dealer John Read Smith believes it.

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Vagabond puts down fresh roots

26 June 2017

It is one week since doors opened to his new shop in the West Sussex village of Fittleworth and Joe Chaffer of Vagabond Antiques is in a whirl.

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New names at Knebworth Park

26 June 2017

Bookings are going well at the Knebworth Park Decorative Salvage and Vintage Fair for Sharon Blagrove, aka Bentleys Fairs.

Le Corbusier light fitting

Le Corbusier lights withdrawn at last minute from French auction

10 June 2017

A group of more than 100 metal light fittings designed for a major French housing complex by Le Corbusier (aka Charles Edouard Jeanneret) has been unexpectedly withdrawn from a design sale at the French auction house Artcurial.

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Latest annual Salvo fair in Oxfordshire exhibits a homing instinct

05 June 2017

It’s a full-on ‘green’ home theme for this year’s annual architectural salvage fest at the Fawley Hill Estate near Henley-on-Thames.

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Summers Place Auctions - Right time, right place

30 May 2017

The DNA of Summers Place Auctions remains firmly rooted in the bygone days of Sotheby’s regional empire. But, as the firm marks 10 years as a specialist auction house in Sussex, it is looking to new horizons...

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Suffolk dealer hopes for growing interest with antiques for the garden

08 May 2017

English and Continental Antiques, the Suffolk dealership, has its second selling exhibition of 2017 on May 27.

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Swallow director Richard Burgoin loves the buzz of salvage

18 April 2017

“Seeing the vans arrive and all the wonderful things being unloaded and then built into something beautiful on their stands is a real buzz: we can’t wait.” These are the words of Richard Burgoin, director of Arthur Swallow Fairs, when talking about his ‘summer of salvage’.

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Culture Minister steps in to prevent the export of ornate Chesterfield House railings

08 April 2017

The race is on to find a buyer to keep a set of English gilt bronze cast iron railings in the UK.

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Dealers aim for business boom

25 March 2017

Brothers Ben and Harry Tucker have given new meaning to the term ‘war cabinet’.

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Landlord agrees to let restorer stay in north London shop after petition

29 November 2016

A north London independent antique restorer who faced eviction has got the go-ahead to stay.

Eiffel Tower staircase at auction

Piece of Eiffel Tower staircase sells for over €500,000 at Paris auction

26 November 2016

Like the Statue of Liberty or Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower is symbolic of the skyline of one of the world’s great cities. The ultimate Parisian souvenir, sold in model form to tourists round the world, what would you give to have a piece of the real thing to take home?

Regency facade

Call for bids for Regency-period stonework

08 November 2016

A Regency-style façade from Cirencester that has been in storage for a decade will be up for sale in Guildford later this month.

Mandarin Oriental hotel

Pelmets, plinths and pedestals: fixtures from top London hotel go to auction

13 October 2016

Fancy a piece of the opulent Mandarin Oriental hotel in your own living room?

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Doing thy bidding – Stoneware from Canterbury Cathedral raises £210,000

27 September 2016

Canterbury Cathedral’s prayers were answered when every one of the 144 lots from its cathedral stone sale were sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries at the weekend.

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Canterbury Cathedral Great South Window stonework up for auction

16 August 2016

It is not every day you get the chance to own a unique, original piece of the oldest church in England still in use. If that is your desire, on September 24 your prayers will be answered.

Fireplace returned to Cliffe Castle

29 February 2016

A Russian malachite and ormolu chimney went on show last week at the museum at Cliffe Castle in Keighley more than half a century after it left the property.

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Nazi looted Houdon bust returns to Poland

20 November 2015

A late 18th century bust of the Goddess Diana which was looted from the Royal Lazienki Palace in Warsaw by the Nazis has been returned to Poland after emerging at auction in Vienna.

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Godwin barn find becomes £31,000 reward at Essex auction

10 June 2015

This spectacular barn find, an ebonised coromandel and inlaid octagonal centre table designed by Edward Godwin (1833-86), sold for £31,000 at Sworders’ sale of decorative art and design in Stansted Mountfitchet.

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Figurehead sails to £50,000

24 December 2014

A superb combination of history, condition and rarity came together as a figurehead from a Brazilian slavers’ ship sold at Essex saleroom Sworders for ten times the low estimate at £50,000.

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