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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Masterpiece to include Wrest Park treasures

23 May 2022

Clock specialist Carter Marsh will dedicate much of its stand at Masterpiece London to the third and final part of the remarkable John C Taylor collection of horological items.

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The web shop window: Vintage litter bin

16 May 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Probable souvenir of earl’s Grand Tour at Summers Place Auctions

25 April 2022

Estimated at £25,000-40,000, this 15th century Istrian marble wellhead in the late Gothic style sold for £110,000 at Summers Place Auctions (25/20% buyer’s premium) in West Sussex on March 29.

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The ‘summer of salvage’ for Arthur Swallow Fairs

18 April 2022

Ripley Castle’s website describes a history of persecution, plague, loyalty, social turbulence and recklessness.

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Fair's new organiser tells tales of tiles

11 April 2022

Dealer promises to promote Nottingham specialist fair

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Château de Chambord window returns to original home in private sale

21 March 2022

The French auction firm Rouillac has successfully made a private sale to the Château de Chambord for one of its original 16th century windows thought to have been removed during the revolution.

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Cataloguing the best in London and beyond

21 March 2022

A round-up of current catalogues from folk-art at the rescheduled Winter Show to the Mellor-Cobham collection of English porcelain at Albert Amor

Carved falcon

Dealer ‘ecstatic’ as Hampton Court welcomes ‘missing’ Boleyn falcon

07 March 2022

A carved oak falcon depicting Anne Boleyn’s royal badge bought by a dealer for £75 is to go on display at Hampton Court Palace.

Truly Reclaimed label

Salvo pushes label for the Truly Reclaimed

21 February 2022

Salvo, the trade community for architectural antiques and salvage, is launching a labelling initiative to push the environmental credentials of reclaimed materials.

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Demand for garden items is the surprise as Battersea Decorative gets back into action

14 February 2022

January in London – and the days of garden parties and al fresco dining seem a long way off. Yet at the latest Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair, outdoor items experienced strong demand.

Lion statue

Arundel Lion ready to roar again in a new home

24 January 2022

The so-called Arundel Lions were once a well-known landmark in Sheffield.

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‘Poohsticks’ bridge will return to Hundred Acre Wood after auction

18 October 2021

The original ‘Poohsticks’ bridge from AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books is to return to the ‘Hundred Acre Wood’ after it was bought by Buckhurst Park estate owner Lord De La Warr.

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Tiles speciality creates a hive of activity

11 October 2021

Anita Morgan, co-owner of The Hive in Cambridge, is an antique tile specialist and stands at the small annual niche tile fair in Nottingham organised by the Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS), which was held this year on October 2.

Owen Pacey

5 Questions: Owen Pacey of Renaissance London

19 July 2021

Owen Pacey is the founder of Renaissance London in Shoreditch, specialising in antique fireplaces and architectural salvage, launched over 30 years ago.

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Gateway to Salvo celebration

31 May 2021

Digital event marks 30 years since the reclamation and salvage firm was launched

Victorian finials as rampant lions

Family’s lions roar once more

24 May 2021

A pair of 3ft 7in high (1.12m) Victorian iron pier finials cast as rampant lions have returned home after two decades missing from a family home.

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5 Questions: Anthony Bridgman

29 March 2021

Anthony Bridgman is head of restoration at Westland London where he has worked since the 1990s. Established by Geoff Westland in 1969, the firm deals in architectural and decorative antiques and has built one of the largest collections of antique chimney pieces in the world, with some 750 examples.

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Sunday means salvage at Drew Pritchard’s regular virtual events

15 March 2021

Angela Whittle is one of the 30-plus group who take part in salvage supremo Drew Pritchard’s regular virtual Salvage Sundays.

Abbey Road doors

Foyer doors from Abbey Road studios star in our pick of five auction highlights

05 March 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes the original foyer doors from the Abbey Road recording studios that tripled their estimate in Surrey.

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Wingett goes for upmarket upcycling turning scrap into a super Georgian cistern

30 November 2020

In an act of decidedly upmarket upcycling, dealer Simon Wingett of Burton Antiques and his business partner have commissioned a series of casts of a George II wine cistern to be made from scrap.

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