A George III neoclassical marble chimneypiece – estimate £7000-10,000 at Cheffins.

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The post-war years were a boom period as bomb-damaged buildings were repaired or demolished, allowing the firm to buy large quantities of chimneypieces, panelling and garden ornaments from some of London’s finest homes. Richard Crowther joined the firm in 1969 and continued the family business until its closure in 1992.

A number of sales have since been held to disperse the stock and collection.

The 'final' sale of will now take place when Cambridge auction house Cheffins offer the remaining collection from the once-renowned architectural antiques business.

Comprising more than 80 items of architectural salvage, sculpture, fire furniture and garden urns, the compilation with a global estimate of £70,000-100,000 has been consigned by Richard Crowther, great-grandson of the founder of the company. They go under the hammer on June 13-14.

Luke Macdonald, director at Cheffins, describes this offering as “the remaining stock from the T Crowther & Sons business as well as Mr Crowther’s personal collection of antiques, chimney pieces, sculpture and works of art”.