Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Skip salvage sells for £6,000

Above: The Talwin Morris pieces were rescued from a skip in the 1960s

Glasgow, Scotland UK
Three Art Nouveau items rescued from a skip outside a derelict building in Glasgow in the 1960s have sold at auction for more than £6,000.

A former architecture student found the Talwin Morris designed pieces in a skip outside an Alexander "Greek" Thomson building in the city's Stanhope Street. Talwin Morris was one of the leading Glasgow illustrators of the late 19th century and was a business acquaintance of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

He said, "It was a lecturer at the Art School who told us that various buildings in Glasgow were about to be demolished and asked some of us to survey the buildings. I went down with some fellow students to survey the Thomson building in Stanhope Street and on one of our visits we arrived to find that everything was being stripped out and thrown into a skip."

BBC News

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