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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Firing demand: three fenders eagerly contested at autumn sales

16 November 2020

Pictured here are three quite different brass fireside fenders – all of them eagerly contested at autumn sales.

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Extraordinary hidden statuary brings demand out in the open at Summers Place

02 November 2020

An extraordinary group of garden statuary, unseen for decades, was offered for sale recently at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Billingshurst, West Sussex.

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Rare glazed 14th century tiles to be returned to Uzbekistan with help from the British Museum and UK Border Force

13 October 2020

A collection of glazed tiles believed to be 14th century examples from a memorial complex near Samarkand are to be returned to Uzbekistan.

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Carved Cotswold stone seats take their place in pick of five auction highlights sold this week

09 October 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes stone seats unseen for decades and discovered in a hidden sunken garden.

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Garden seating selection offered at Freeman’s

07 September 2020

This three-piece painted cast-iron garden seating set dated to the third quarter of the 19th century is one of the lots from the Collection of A Connecticut Gentleman that is to be offered for sale by Freeman’s of Philadelphia, on September 15.

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A colossal coat of arms offered at the Masterpiece online fair

15 June 2020

This 18th century monumental royal coat of arms by John Steell is offered by Wick Antiques in its second edition of 'Britain and the High Seas' at 'Masterpiece', held online this year.

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Huge ornamental screen sells at salvage dealer's retirement auction

18 May 2020

The team at antiques dealership Robert Mills Architectural spent decades salvaging items from closed-down churches, banks, mansions and pubs.

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Summers Place Auctions' last-minute decision to take remote bids only pays off

27 April 2020

The sale at garden statuary specialist Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Billingshurst on March 24 (the day after lockdown) was among the first conducted under new government restrictions on social distancing.

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Call for collectors, dealers and antiques centres to feature in Drew Pritchard’s next Salvage Hunters series

02 April 2020

Architectural antiques dealer Drew Pritchard hosts TV show ‘Salvage Hunters’ and is set to film the next series later this year.

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The web shop window: A Grand Tour Obelisk

16 March 2020

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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Spate of stolen south London animal troughs continues as another two go missing

18 December 2019

A further two Victorian animal troughs have been stolen in south London, following four that went missing in September.

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The web shop window: Italian trompe l’oeil altar board panels

25 November 2019

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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Spate of south London cattle and horse trough thefts rises to four

22 October 2019

Local community groups across south London are calling on the antiques trade to be alert to Victorian animal troughs that have been stolen from four sites this autumn.

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Rare circular Georgian cistern emerges at Summers Place

14 October 2019

Always popular items, a Georgian lead cistern offered at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) was also rare in being circular. Usually they are rectangular, having stood against a wall connected to downpipes.

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Call for antiques trade to help find stolen south London cattle troughs

25 September 2019

A south London community is calling for the antiques trade to look out for a stolen cattle trough.

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Medieval oak sculpture collection goes on public display in Derbyshire for the first time

06 August 2019

A Derbyshire family will host a new exhibition showing a private collection of medieval sculptures in Haddon Hall in Bakewell this autumn.

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Church gates lead to bidding battles in two salerooms

01 July 2019

In market terms, ecclesiastical gates are not the subject of mass appeal but examples by major 19th century designers certainly had their devotees at two June sales.

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Gargoyles grimace in Suffolk House Antiques exhibition

20 May 2019

A highlight of Suffolk House Antiques’ summer selling exhibition is a pair of 13th or 14th century English gargoyles.

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Pick of the week: Figurehead full of canine quality points way to £52,000 result at Charles Miller auction

13 May 2019

A carving of a deerhound which once adorned a 19th century yacht more than doubled the house record for a figurehead at a Charles Miller auction in west London. The item sold for £52,000 had a royal connection but it was the quality and condition which secured the high price, said Miller.

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Fragment from Roman period sarcophagus – an example of very early recycling

13 May 2019

Although the antiquities market is more stringently regulated than ever before, the possibility of illicit material continues to cause concern for collectors of antiquities. This places a greater financial value on pieces with long watertight provenances.

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