Friday, February 27, 2009

Mallams results

Mallams Oxford
Wednesday, 25 February, 2009

Antique & Modern Silver, Plate and Jewellery, Medals and Objets de Vertu, Clocks and Works of Art, Selected Furniture, Rugs and Ceramics (principally from a local deceased estate)

Above: An early 20th Century easel mirror with faux 17th century stump work decoration, figures and beasts, 20" x 15", Sold for £400

Above: A Rococo style brass twelve branch chandelier with open scroll and foliate form, with applied facet cut tear drops, overall approximate maximum measurement 48" x 48", some restoration required, Sold for £320

Above: A Victorian Gothic mahogany metamorphic hall chair cum library steps stylised shield back and on spiral turned fore legs, 16" wide, Sold for £550

Above: A late Georgian mahogany dressing cabinet the interior fitted compartments and extending mirror, enclosed by twin rising lids, with central cupboard surrounded by an arrangement of drawers and pull out bidet (no liner), on turned legs, 23 1/2" wide closed, Sold for £250

Mallams catalogue

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Insitu new premises new location

Insitu, Manchester UK
Saturday March 7th between 3-7pm

Insitu Architectural Salvage, which has been recycling Manchester’s period features for 25 years, has evolved by joining forces with three like minded local businesses, Planet Vintage Girl, Silverleaf and Fe26, and together they have embarked on a mission: to fill the gap in city centre shopping. Sourcing architectural features, antiques, funky vintage furniture, and bespoke design, to add a twist to any interior design project. Situated in a fabulous grade two listed former pub, on the main Chester Road between Deansgate roundabout and the world famous Manchester United Football Ground. The 2500 square foot of space amply houses the 4 complimentary businesses to answer all of your décor needs.

Laurence Green of Insitu said, "With the housing market stagnant and all the indications that we are tightening our belts, staying put and staying in, perhaps this is the time to make our home our castle in an affordable, individual and eco-friendly way. Many people are looking for a venue in the North West to find high quality and interesting pieces to create unique homes."

Insitu Manchester and the other business extend a warm welcome for you to celebrate their new home at 252 Chester Rd, on Saturday March 7th between 3-7pm.

For more details ring 0161 839 5525

Insitu Manchester

Planet Vintage Girl

Fe26 designer & sculptor Nick Page

The sun shines for the Listed Property Show

Above: The Salvo stand at The Listed Property show promoting Salvo and the trade

Above: Ruby Kay and Terry Garrett on the Salvo stand speaking to visitors to the show in Olympia. We had a great response from everyone and people were extremely interested in Salvo and the trade and visitors to the show were particularly interested in the upcoming SalvoFAIR . . . so book your stands now!!!

Above: the Salvo stand showed display boards for Lassco, Architectural Forum, Westlands, Drummonds, Architectural Antiques, Architectural Heritage, IBS and Mongers

Above: Simon and Mark of Thomas Crapper put together their stand at the Listed Property Show. All of the trade reported a good fair and lots of interest from visitors.


ATTENDANCE at the Listed Property Show seemed very good, and Salvo was happy to have a stand there this year, put together by Ruby Kay and Colleen Gowlett, and manned by them, new girl Terry Garrett, and me. Salvo also organised a Saturday night pub crawl ending in a meal attended by the trade which was a fairly jolly affair considering all the doom and gloom lambasting everyone every day in the press. Inevitably some of the crew went clubbing and next day tales of thigh-length boots with perspex f***me heels were overheard. There were a dozen or more stands from the trade at the show, and several dealer display boards on the Salvo stand, including one from Mongers advertising their clearance sale on 5th April.

Geoff Wilson from Wilson's Yard in Co Down dropped by the Salvo stand. "It's hard to find originals," he said, "especially in Ireland. England had the best buildings - and more of them to demolish." LPS exhibitor Damian Cronin discusses the price difference between repro and original restored radiators (a topic mentioned in the last Salvo Mag - see 'It ain't easy doing Reclaimed Radiators'). "A firm at the show is selling a new 4-section nine column under window Chinese repro rad for £290. John Bodrell sells them for £1,200." Andy Triplow, the radiator king (although Bodrell is the emperor) of The Old Radiator Co sells them for £560. "Look," said Andy Newton, of UK Architectural Antiques, afterwards, "it's all very well carping on about fair trade and Chinese rads. I used to restore old ones but I eventually gave up after the restored rads started weeping and customers complained." Well, yes maybe he has a point. Anyway even restored rads contain new Chinese brass fittings. "Door furniture is still doing ok," said Fez of MDS, "but panel doors have gone quiet. Is it the competition or just a drop off in activity? I don't know." He said he would try a SalvoWEB build-a-button just in case. Charles Brooking was in attendance and is still looking for a patron to secure the long term future of the collection. A major UK construction company might be interested, he said. Justin Miles-Booy from Arc was jolly as he recounted a story of an old school dealer from an old antique garden biz. "I bought this old wooden seat and botched it together thinking I might get a ton. Well an erudite dealer came and asked to buy it. Sure, I want £100, I said. He paid and then told me it was an exceedingly rare J P White. In fact so rare he had only ever seen an example in an old J P White trade catalogue. Ah well." Rob Thomas was on Dean Cannadine's stand, and floorlayer Thomas Mountford of ATM was on Bob Lovell's stand - both wanted a Salvo article doing. Bob has some fab reclaimed teak flooring - a sample panel was on his stand - from Asia with export certificate. He signed up as a Salvo Code dealer at the show. I asked Rob whether Ray Radnege was still doing strip-outs of timber from demolition, since we have had reports that demolition contractors cannot get rid of timber these days. "Yes," Rob said, "if anyone has a load of timber tell them to get in touch. We'll either take it down ourselves or buy it on the deck."

Many people popped on to the Salvo stand while I was manning it on Sunday, and I did a roaring trade in Salvo bits including the free London & Region Salvo guide. Mrs Posh from Wiltshire saw LASSCO's display board showing Brunswick House at Vauxhall. "Is the house open to the public?" she asked. She seemed uninterested in visiting the Three Pigeons. "I shall call in next time I am in town," she affirmed. "The last time I tried to get in it was owned by a strange society." Yes, that's LASSCO, I mused. Two interior designers from Suffolk took a couple of Salvo Fair postcards. "We'll definitely be there for the trade day," one said. A lawyer asked, "What powers do conservation officers actually have?" "Last time I heard," I said, "their legal powers were defined by the 1990 Planning Act. Although I think it might have been updated now. Challenge anyone who says you can't use old materials," I offered. "I live in one of the Brockwell Park estate houses, and it has metal lined shutters. Do you know why that might be?" asked an elderly lady. "Brockwell Hall (built in 1813 by John Blades, a 78 year old Ludgate Hill glass merchant) also has them," she said. "Anti-theft? Anti-fire? Security device?" I suggested hopefully. There was a stand opposite hosted by Conservation Officers but they mainly seemed occupied with earnest-looking period house owners seeking advice, so we got the quickfire questions on our stand.

I spoke to Peter Anslow, the fair organiser, and asked if he was thinking of expanding it next year and suggested that more trade might come, with maybe more selling stands like Olliffs, who seemed to be busy, helped by Ronnie Wootton at times. Sam Olliff also kindly manned the Salvo stand for ten minutes on Sunday.

Good to see everyone, and perhaps we will be reconvening there again next year.


Listed Property Show

Gaze Rural and domestic bygones

Gaze, Diss Auction Rooms

Rural and domestic bygones starting at 10am at T W Gaze Diss Norfolk. Viewing Thursday 27th prior 2pm-8pm, Friday 28th 10am-5pm, sale morning from 8.30am. Tel (UK) 01379 650306. Fax 01379 644313.

986 lots will be auctioned by Carl Willows. Interesting lots include;

Above: A long galvanised trough, estimate £20 - £40

Above: A large cast Richmonds Gasstove Co Ltd No 4 Warrington, estimate £30 - £45

Above: get ready for the next 'Snowday' with a beautiful old wooden sledge, estimate £10 - £20

Above: A B.R (E) level crossing gate lamp, estimate £20 - £30

Above: A 19th Century copper and brass stove top hot water urn with reservoir, carry handles and tap, estimate £40 - £60

Above: Keep warm this winter with a A Doulton Improved foot-warmer, estimate £15 - £20

Above: Two pairs of steel/brass fire dogs, estimate £40 - £60

Above: A 'D' handle turfing spade, estimate £15 - £25

Rural & domestic bygones catalogue

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Off the Rails

reuse item of the week
Off the Rails: From Railway Carriages to Eco-Home

Elspeth Thompson is a writer and modern day eco-warrior, she has currently embarked on a project to transform two old railway carriages into an eco home.

Elspeth said, "Having grown up on a farm in the Kent countryside, I am currently dividing my time between London and the south coast, where my husband and I are trying to turn two dilapidated Victorian railway carriages into an eco-house. The carriages have been a home since 1919, when they were offered as cheap housing for ex-soldiers, and our plans include solar panels, rainwater harvesting, sedum and turf roofs, passive solar design and the creation of an upper storey and open-plan living space below by raising the rear carriage up in the air. The design of the garden will reflect its location – just 100 yards from the sea and surrounded by a large nature reserve – and will be geared towards growing our own food."

Above: Elspeth Thompson writes a weekly column for The Gurdian on her project to transform the railway carriages into a home.

Above: the many windows allows light to flood into the carriages and gives great views of the surrounding countryside.

Above: Elspeth said, "What a great long table it is - all 103 inches of it - found in the lovely Wish Barn Antiques in Rye, and delivered for free along with an old cupboard or two by the kind owners, who let me try it out for a few days to see if its unusual dimensions would suit our living space."

Above: Elspeth said, "What makes this room so special is the raised ‘lantern’ ceiling with its two curved arcs of windows that bring in the light from the early morning, when the sun rises out of the sea, to the end of the afternoon, when it goes down across the shingle field behind the other carriage."

Above: Elspeth daughter Mary’s room, things are more colourful, as the sun alights on the cheerful clutter of a four-and-a-half year-old’s life.

Above: there are constant reminders that this a railway carriage they live in which gives it a mystical feel.

Elspeth Thompson's blog

Elspeth Thompson's website

Friday, February 20, 2009

Listed Property Show

Olympia, London UK - Finishing touches being made to the Salvo stand in preparation for the show opening tomorrow at 10am. The show is open tomorrow and Sunday, entry is free and a dozen or more prominent UK salvage dealers have their own stands near the Salvo stand which is right at the entrance to the show. Ruby, Colleen, Terry and Thornton will all be manning the stand and giving away a load of Salvo goodies over the weekend. See you there!

Listed Property Show

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Buddhist temple made from a million beer bottles

Above: Sometimes known as Wat Lan Kuad, or Temple Of A Million Bottles, the temple uses the discarded bottles to construct everything from the crematorium to the toilets.

Above: The monks at Wat Lan Kuad said, "Even though drinking is a sin in Buddhism, this still seems like a positive use of beer and lager bottles."

Above: Abbot San Kataboonyo said: "The more bottles we get, the more buildings we make."

Reclaimed item of the week

The Buddhist monks began collecting bottles in 1984 and they collected so many that they decided to use them as a building material.

They encouraged the local authorities to send them more and they have now created a complex of around 20 buildings using the beer bottles, comprising the main temple over a lake, crematorium, prayer rooms, a hall, water tower, tourist bathrooms and several small bungalows raised off the ground which serve as monks quarters.

Altogether there are about 1.5 million recycled bottles in the temple, and the monks at the temple are intending to reuse even more.

The monks are so eco-friendly that the mosaics of Buddha are created with recycled beer bottle caps.

The DailyMail

The Telegraph

Newsround: 20 Feb 2009

LISTED PROPERTY SHOW at Olympia, London, is on this weekend, 21-22 February from 10am. Entry is free and eSalvo readers are especially welcome to drop in on the Salvo stand and the other dozen or so stands of major dealers who run the gamut of architectural salvage and reclaimed building materials materials from around the UK. Exhibitors and their colleagues are cordially invited to a Salvo Convivial 'Reuse Before Recycling' Victory Pub Crawl in Notting Hill on Saturday evening starting at The Churchill Arms at 119 Kensington Church Street at 6pm to celebrate the EU Waste Framework Directive's priority for reuse over recycling which will become law throughout Europe. No longer will reclaimable bricks be crushed! "We shall reclaim on the demo sites, we shall reuse in the fields and in the streets, we shall reuse bricks in the hills; we shall never recycle," Britain's most famous bricklayer, Sir Winston Churchill, once famously said.

MALLAMS will be holding a garden ornament and statuary sale in May, with a closing date for entries 1 May, contact Ben LLoyd. Summers Place are also calling for entries for their May sale, closing date 6 March, contact James Rylands or Rupert van der Werff. Brightwells will be holding a sale which includes garden ornament on 25 February in Leominster. Gaze Bygones modern design sale is on 14 February and their bygones sale follows on 28 February.

LAPADA's annual survey shows an increase in the age and a decline in the fortunes of its membership. There has been a shift away from selling at fairs and an increase in sales in members' shops. The Artists Resale Rights affect four percent of current sales, but once they shift to include dead artists the prediction is that 40 percent of sales will be affected. Salvo plans to repeat the LAPADA survey for Salvo Code dealers to see how the salvage trade compares.

CONSTRUCTION output is set for a nine percent decline in 2009 and a further four percent in 2010 according to the trade body, Construction Products Association. Private housing starts dropped 43 percent in 2008 and are expected to drop another 32 percent in 2009 - to levels not seen since 1952. Government spending on schools is set to increase by 28 percent over the next two years as part of the new £45bn Building Schools for the Future package, and will increase in other areas of the public sector too, including major infrastructure projects such as the London west east crossrail link.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Things look up at Battersea

Battersea, Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
January 20 - 25 2008

Reports show that sales at January's Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair were way beyond expectations. The post fair report comments that garden statuary and larger items such as arches and gazebos sold well.

Guy Trench of Antiques by Design noted a general buzz throughout he said, "By the end of the fair it was looking to be one of my best Battersea fairs ever and then a couple of days later it became the best with numerous enquires and after sales. I got the impression that people are fed-up investing in banks and instead they wanted to enjoy things and buy things. People are not going on holiday with the current exchange rate of nearly one pound to one euro, instead they are staying at home and buying things to do up their homes which might make it more attractive to sell after we have come out of the recession. This is good news for architectural salvage and hopefully it means that we are finally in the right game. Another sign that this might be the current trend is the increase in price of things at auction, especially over the past couple of months."

Davis Moss fair reporter for The Antique Trade Gazette said, "What I saw at the first Decorative Antiques and Textile fair of the year was nothing short of remarkable. I was truly taken aback at the crowded aisles and distinctly upbeat mood of the 110 exhibitors. A lot of sales were made to new, young customers, mainly at prices up to around £5000. Some said they wanted to have something unique for their homes, others added that with the market as it is the merchandise could well be a decent investment."

Notable visitors included Bob Geldof, Madonna, Anna Ford, Chris Smith (former MP), Amanda Burton.Trade visitors included Nicole Fahri, Nicky Haslam, buyers from Paul Smith, decorator Rupert Lord and Tobi Landi of US dealer/decorator Sentimenti. The number of Americans, both trade and private buyers, was commented on by dealers.

The next Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair is the Spring event, to be held from 21-26 April 2009 at The Marquee, Battersea Park.


The big freeze

Above: An ice-covered lakeside seat from Versoix, Switzerland.

The snow has effected most if not all of the UK during the past few weeks and Salvo are interested to see what the various salvage yards have been getting up to in the big freeze. We would like pictures of you frolicking in the snow, making snowmen, igloos or stock covered by the frost. The best pictures will be chosen and included in the next edition of SalvoNEWS along with a bit of free promo for your company.

So get snapping or send us any pictures which you already have.

Send pictures to

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bringing salvage to the masses


In an attempt to bring salvage to the masses Salvo have joined the online networking site Facebook. The page will provide users with all of the latest information regarding Salvo Fair 09. If you are a Facebook user please add Salvo Fair to keep up to date with all of the latest goings on at Salvo.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fears for demolition pollution

Climate Ark News have suggested that gases released from foam in old buildings are much more damaging than carbon dioxide.

Ministers have been accused of "a scandal and a cover-up" for failing to devise a strategy for dealing with the huge amount of hazardous chemicals contained in old insulation foam. Most insulation foam used in building panels before 2004 contained chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). The use of these compounds is being phased out because they are known to damage the ozone layer.

Emissions from old buildings are expected to rise significantly after 2010 and peak between 2030 and 2040 as increasing numbers of structures are demolished.

Climate Ark News

Plastic bag bricks

Reclaimed item of the week

Dutch designer Toni de Roover shows a concept design forming plastic bags into bricks.

Haute Nature repurposed design

Tonio de Roover

Monday, February 09, 2009

Sale of the century

Christie's, Paris
Collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge
23 - 25 February 2009

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge are selling their monumental collection which includes paintings, furniture and works of art. The sale includes 700 lots from the rue de Babylone and the nearby Left Bank apartment on the rue Bonaparte to which Pierre Berge moved at the end of the 1980s.

The catalogue represents half a century of collecting by Berge and Saint Laurent. The first work of art they acquired was the portrait of Mme L.R by Brancusi. Pierre Berge said, "One has to understand that we were interested in all forms of art and that we never differentiated nor established a hierarchy between a Greek vase, a Limoges or Venice enamel, an African sculpture, a piece of art deco furniture, a Giambologna bronze, a Frans Hals painting, a Cezanne watercolour, a Duchamp ready-made, a Calder mobile, a Augsburg Vermeil cup or a canvas by Paul Klee, to cite just a few of the works in our collection. I have taken the decision to part with the entire collection, because in my eyes after the death of Yves Saint Laurent on June 1st 2008, it has lost the greater significance."

The five volume catalogue that Christie's have produced for this sale shows that this is no mere celebrity souvenir event based around bidding for mementos, its breath and its depth, and the pre-sale predictions of 200m euro - 300m euro highlights the importance of this sale. One sign that Christie's are anticipating huge interest is that they are holding the sale and the view not in their Avenue Matignon rooms but in the vastness of the Grand Palais, Paris's grand showcase space usually reserved for blockbuster art exhibitions and fairs.

The three day auction, to be held by Christie's in association with Pierre Berge's own auction house, will take place in Paris from February 23-25.

Above: Crucifix en cuivre champlevev 28.3cm high, estimate 12,000 - 18,000 euros.

Above: A 'Cobra' chimney set by Edgar Brandt, 1926 In wrought iron, comprising a coal brush and a shovel; the original poker missing, estimate 15,000 - 20,000 euros.

Above: A group of parcel-gilt white painted carved wood allegories busts representing the four continents. French, 18th century, estimate 200,000 - 300,000 euros.

Above: A 'Serpent' fire surround, 1913 The upper rail covered in snake skin, the base of semi-circular section in dinanderie with snake skin pattern, the two joined by a series of seven rods, estimate 30,000 - 50,000 euros.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Crate shelving by elmo vermijs

Reclaimed item of the week

Easy to salvage, crate shelving by Dutch Elmo Vermijs.

Elmo Varmijis said, "The crates serve as storage while moving from one location to another and put together easily. Through the use of auction-crates and second hand wood the cupboard gets a history before it has even been used"

Elmo Vermijis

Reurposed furniture on Haute Nature

Thursday, February 05, 2009

SalvoWEB on Times Online

SalvoWEB is mentioned on the Times Online website in an article on 'How to boost your spending power'. The feature is intended to 'take your mind off the economic gloom, and provide the buyer with Times Money's ten tips to stay savvy.'

7. Buy second-hand and salvage

Scouring charity shops, markets and the internet for used goods can turn up outstanding bargains, especially in clothes, books and furniture. Architectural salvage stores offer old - often antique - home and garden goods at knock-down prices. Items listed at, a portal for dealers, include reclaimed York-stone paving, washbasins, church pews and cast-iron radiators. A set of 20 Edwardian oak boardroom chairs, meanwhile, is listed at £745, or £37.25 a chair.

Times Online

Andrea Palladio his life and legacy

Above: Model of the church of the Redentore, Venice, 1972. Lime and beechwood with bisque details, 152 x 241 x 87 cm [Photo Alberto Carolo, from The Royal Academy collection]

The Royal Academy, London UK
Until 13 April, daily 10am to 6pm (Fri to 10pm), £9

The Royal Academy is the setting for an exhibition dedicated to 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio. This is the first exhibition devoted to Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) to be held in London for over 30 years and celebrates the quincentenary of his birth. Coming back from his Grand Tour of Venice and the Veneto in 1717, Lord Burlington set about having his Piccadilly mansion remodelled in the new style and, with its unveiling, instantly started a trend. Where even the most modest terrace could boast its set of white pilasters, until the revival of Victorian Gothic.

It is hard to doubt that Palladio really was an important and influential architect. Studying the architecture of classical Rome, he set about creating a system of design based on rigorous, mathematical principles and his numerous country villas, such as the Rotunda, astonished those who marvelled at their perfect proportions.

Palladio was not only one of the greatest Italian architects; he was also a practitioner whose work has continued to resonate down five centuries. Active in Vicenza, Venice and the Veneto region, he crafted a new architectural language derived from classical sources yet shaped to fulfil the functional demands and aesthetic aspirations of his own age. His impressive oeuvre includes public buildings and churches. It was, however, his town palaces and country villas that influenced subsequent generations of European and American architects. Large-scale models, computer animations, original drawings, books and paintings present the full range of this exceptional architect’s output and his legacy, demonstrating why Palladio’s name has been synonymous with architecture for 500 years.

The Royal Academy

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

SF09 bookings strong for this time of year

As February begins
and snows us all in,
think of sun and fresh air
and book the Salvo Fair!

Exhibitors booked so far include:
Architectural Forum, V & V Reclamation, Thomas Crapper, Steptoes Yard, Architectural Salvage Source, Ronsons Reclaim, Thomas Knapp & Florian Langenbeck, Cox's Yard (MARY Ltd), Coach House Antiques, Mongers Architectural, Olliffs Architectural,, Van De Wouwer Decorations, Antiques By Design, DW Designs, Kelvin Mcnair, Christal Antiques, Angela Rose, Period House Hardware, Lighthouse emporium, Chancellors Church Furnishings, Period Living.

Call Ruby on 01225 422300 or see for a booking form.