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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Salvo Fair 2010

Above: Stained glass and garden seat on Neil Phillips stand.

Glorious weather, a record number of exhibitors from as far as Hungary, Germany, France, Belgium and Scotland, and plenty of buying visitors from as far as New Zealand, USA and Japan, added up to another successful Salvo Fair on June 26th and 27th.

The trade morning on Friday 25th started well with a buyer from Portobello Road so keen to be in at 9am that he paid £92 for a small pitch to get an exhibitor pass, and had merrily spent spent several thousand pounds by the official opening time of 11am. After 1pm public were admitted, which meant that many of the smaller mixed stands had recouped their fair costs by Friday evening, when Florian Langenbeck and Thomas Knapp kindly invited exhibitors to a soiree featuring German beer, bread and sausage.

The Saturday was very busy with long queues before opening and a few thousand visitors through the gates during the day. (We will not know the official visitor numbers until Knebworth's accountant has checked everything next week.) That evening the exhibitor get together, sponsored by Salvo, and kindly organised by Peter Watson of Cox's Yard was deemed a great success.

Sunday was, predictably, less busy with the world cup England v Germany match at 3pm, which was shown in a few places live on the fair field. Even so, several stands reported constant sales throughout the match.

The next Salvo Fair is scheduled for June 24 - 26 2011.

Next year we plan to beef up the Friday trade day, making it trade only and increasing the ticket price, with no public allowed, but with free invites to international dealers and specifiers in architecture, construction, landscaping, interiors, set creators, hotel and pub trade from around the world. We will also ask exhibitors to bring larger items and more reclaimed building materials samples, and we will once again have an exhibitor cap and reduce the amount of new and repro on the site, which had been noticeably cut down this year.

Above: Florian Langenbeck from Historische Türen in Freiburg, Germany

Above: Sam Coster (left) of Mongers of Hingham, Norfolk, and Peter Watson of Cox's Yard, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

Above: Guy Trench from Antiques By Design, Maldon, Essex

Above: Damian and Lou Cronin of Woodstone, Cronins Reclamation and The Original Home Store, Little Bookham, Surrey

Above: Ed Pearce (left) of V & V Reclamation, Hertford, Nadine and Jason (right) Davies from The Architrectural Forum, Islington, London, and Matt Davies (hat) of Premier Fires and Floors Restoration, London

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'No Reserves' success at Great Northern Architectural

Tattenhall, Cheshire UK

Auctioneers Richard Winterton held a sale on Tuesday 29 June on behalf of Penham Excel Bailiffs. The sale consisted of 800 lots of architectural items from Great Northern Architectural Antiques, who have recently gone into liquidation.

Cataloguer and auctioneer for the sale Neil Grenyer said, "As pretty much everything was in without reserve, from an auctioneers point of view it was very successful with very few lots not finding new homes. Viewing was steady throughout Monday and Tuesday morning and around 150-200 people registered to bid either in person, on the telephone or left commission bids. There was a good mix of private and trade buyers including from the USA and Canada. The highlight of the 220 lots that were outside in the courtyard was a sandstone portico that was chased to £4,600 by a private buyer and a member of the trade, with the private buyer winning. Elsewhere, a series of carved stone keystones made between £350 and £500 a piece, a wrought iron weather vane made £450 and a fairground barrel organ 'The Mermaid' sold for £500 where the retail asking price was less than £350!

"Inside, the best sellers were the stained glass panels and vestibule arches with many pieces selling to buyers over the telephone, although a couple of Arts and Crafts style doors with leaded and coloured glass took £500 a piece from buyers in the room. A large Art Nouveau leaded and stained glass vestibule complete with french doors sold in the room for £1,500.

"The areas where this sale struggled were the cast iron fire inserts, probably due to the shear quantity being offered, and the mixed lots of odds and ends which sometimes struggled to raise a bid. The last section of the sale was the brass door and window furniture which was sold in large quantities. Although much was genuine reclaimed old pieces, many of the knockers and door knobs were brand new, with the owner of the foundry bidding to buy them back - unfortunately for him, the bidding was so strong that they were often selling for more than the retail prices he would normally charge!"

The sale was attended by a number of trade buyers.

Drew Pritchard said, "Hot hot hot . . . boiling conditions and mainly trade buyers. Total bedlam as lots were pulled from the sale at the last minute, mainly the star pieces due to ownership issues. A superb stone entranceway was bought for £4,600 plus commission by the wife of the owner of a major home builder for their Cheshire house.

"Myself, Rupert from Leominster Reclamation, and Beeston Reclamation were the big buyers of the day. Also in attendance were Colin Scull, Laurence Green from Insitu, and numerous other Salvo dealers. I bought the massive cupola that has graced the car park for the last 20 years and a collection of carved friezes from a Manchester hospital. Prices were all over the place, which is typical for this type of auction, and the auctioneers acting for the bailiffs took no prisoners. Lots of items sold for £1 to £5 for complete pallet loads."

Above: A sandstone portico, after a long bidding war between a trade and private buyer it was eventually brought by a private for £4,600.

Above: some of Drew Pritchard's items from the sale being collected from Tattenhall.

Richard Winterton

Drew Pritchard

Spencer house excitement

South Kensington, London UK

The potential thrill of the unexpected and the serendipitous defines the house contents sale. The Althorp Attic sale is to be held at Christie's on July 7-8 at South Kensington rooms with over 760 lots from the famous Northampton seat of the Spencer family.

Christie's have scored the house, attic, cellar and outhouses, the result is a house contents mix ranging from the typical family silver, brown furniture, curtains, decorative paintings, to more distinct Spencer associations, like the duplicate family portraits and horse drawn carriages.

Estimates for some of the more rarified pieces reach into the five-figure bracket, but there is much more that is affordably guided, including plenty of lots estimated at under £1,000. Christie's have managed to piece together interesting provenance for many individual lots, often aided by the inventory produced by Albert Edward John Spencer, the 7th or 'curator' Earl.

The sale includes a number of grand architectural mouldings. Some fragments which are guided at £1,500 - £2,500 are attributed to James Athenian Stuart.

Lot 1002: A George II mahogany, parcel-gilt and painted door, circa 1758-65, attributed to James Athenian Stuart, estimated at £2,000 - £3,000.


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fireplace saga moves on significantly

English Heritage is facing scrutiny from Britain’s new coalition government over claims of a conflict of interest which allegedly saw it “abuse” its planning powers in favour of a commercial partner. English Heritage are currently selling self branded fireplaces, It is argued that its organisational structure is designed to protect against conflicts of interest between its commercial activities and its advisory role.

Liberal Democrat MP and secretary for Scotland, Michael Moore, is investigating a complaint that the quango discriminated against specialist fireplace manufacturer Thistle & Rose – a firm based in his constituency – in favour of a rival firm licensed to sell a range of “English Heritage”-branded fireplaces.

In a letter before claim sent to English Heritage’s lawyers, Thistle & Rose’s solicitor warned that it was seeking damages as a result of its losses. “EH enjoys a dominant position by playing a regulatory role as the body selected by the UK government to secure the preservation of historic buildings in England,” the letter stated. “Simultaneously, EH has the ability to compete for commercial gain for the sale of traditional fireplaces for such listed buildings. It is our client’s position that, from 2008 onwards, EH abused that dominant position by seeking to exclude the commercial rivals of its chosen commercial partner, Acquisitions.”


Gaze Architectural Salvage & Statuary sale this Saturday

Diss Norfolk, UK

Gaze are holding an Architectural Salvage & Statuary sale on Saturday 3 July, starting at 10am with viewing prior. Auctioneer Carl Willows will be running through some 1055 lots which includes garden statuary, york stone paving, turret clocks and other excellent statuary.

Lot: 7225 A wrought metal and wirework gazebo, estimated at £850 - £1275.

Lot: 7386 An early 20th Century sandstone figure of the Madonna and child 67" high from the Convent of St Michael, Clacton. Estimated at £3,000 - £4.500.

Lot: 7394 An early 20th Century sandstone figure of the Angel Michael standing 79" high slaying a dragon from the Convent of St Michael, Clacton, estimated at £5,000 - £8,000.

Lot: 7634 A pair of weathered Chilstone Gothic jardinieres - 27" tall, estimated at £1100 - £1600

Lot: 7667 50 Sq yds of York stone paving from Swan Hunter ship yard, estimated at £4,800 - £6,800

Lot: 7878 A pair of mid 19th Century glazed French doors with bowed over door. Estimated at £750 - £1,125.

Gaze catalogue

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Antique textiles on show at Salvo Fair

Knebworth, Hertfordshire UK
Angela Rose has been eagerly sourcing an array of antique textiles leading up to this years Salvo Fair

"I shall be bringing table linen, bed linen, antique lace, art nouveau and art deco atr work in the form of table cloths and fire screens. I will also bring a selection of antique quilts, Durham quilts, trim and fabric for projects, mother of pearl buttons and more."

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The revival continues in ATG

Knebworth, Hertfordshire UK
Joan Porter of Antique Trade Gazette reports on the final weeks leading up to Salvo Fair 25-27 June, business such as Cox's Architectural Salvage Yard, Arc Reclamation and Antique Church Furnishings comments on Salvo Fair and the reclamation trade in general.

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Salvo Fair booking deadline

Knebworth, Hertfordshire UK
The deadline for last minute pitch bookings at Salvo Fair is Tuesday 22 June 2010.

These are the vat-inclusive prices for antique, reclaimed, salvaged, and recraft craftspeople pitches;
Jumbo 60ft by 40ft £804
Big 60ft by 20ft £600
Medium 40ft by 20ft £479
Small 20ft by 20ft £285
Table 10ft by 10ft £92
Contact Ruby as soon as possible on 01225 422300 or 07855 010960

Please note that there are no 'new and repro' pitches available.

More exhibitor info and downloadable booking form

Monday, June 14, 2010

Decorative and antique lighting at Salvo Fair

Above: A Turn of the Century Electrolier in Silver Plate finish, this high quality heavy weight, cast chandelier has 6 arms and matching ceiling rose. £1800. 70cms(H) x 60(W)

Knebworth, Hertfordshire UK
Antique Chandeliers of Copthorne specialise in large scale antique lighting fittings suitable for the larger period property to include antique chandeliers in crystal and glass and quality antique Flemish and other metal chandeliers plus English electroliers in brass, silver plate and gilt.

At the Salvo Fair they will be showing part of their stock of quality antique metal chandeliers together with antique lanterns and wall lights plus a small number of crystal items.

With over 15 years in the antique lighting business, Antique Chandeliers has a client list which includes many top interior designers as well as private clients. One of their antique crystal chandeliers was chosen for Ralph Lauren's Bond Street window showcasing its current home collection.

Above: A Large Gilt French Empire Chandelier with Central Cut Glass Bowl and Six Arms,featuring reeded supports and corona with matching reeded patterning to pans and nozzles. The original glass bowl has an etched pattern. The arms and and central chandelier ring have relief patterning. £3500 100cm (H) x 82cm (W)

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Antique Chandeliers

Salvo Fair 2010 is quickly approaching

Knebworth, Hertfordshire UK
This years 10th Anniversary Salvo Fair is just around the corner, we are expecting a ten percent rise in exhibitors who will bring their wears to Knebworth House, Hertfordshire from 25-27 June 2010. Visitors will be able to make many beautiful discoveries to transform the home and garden without costing the earth (literally).

Peter Watson of Cox's Yard, a long standing veteran of the fair is taking a large stand, he will be demonstrating one aspect of the recraft side of the business, turning old oak carriage boards from French freight trains into solid timber doors, built to size, and with all the craftsmanship, strength and character of a good old-fashioned reclaimed door. Peter Watson says, "We don't offer perfection. We offer splits, knots, and character." The timber is heavily sanded, filled, and oiled. Any style of hinges, locks and handles can be fitted.

Tina Pasco is new to Salvo Fair but has more than 16 years experience dealing in garden antiques in the UK, France and USA. Over the past few months Tina has been searching out the best garden antiques for the fair. Alongside her reclaimed pieces Tina will be bringing a Victorian-style mobile cloche, handmade by Kentish furniture maker and friend, David Le Versha exclusively for Pasco at Esprit du Jardin.

Other interesting items destined for Salvo Fair 2010 includes antique stone troughs from the new Russell Crowe Robin Hood movie filmed at Shepperton, a wonderful 6ft Victorian ceramic roll top bath by prestigious makers Adams & Co, reclaimed from an old hotel on Walney Island, Cumbria and a cast iron radiator belonging to Orson Welles, voted best film director of all time, and tonnes of Victorian red bricks from an early 1900's officer's quarters at RAF Northolt, Middlesex.

Enjoy an inspirational day out at Salvo Fair and find all you need for your home and garden from an international array of exhibitors - from birdbaths to bricks, fireplaces to flagstones, tiles to toilets . . . you might even find the odd kitchen sink!

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Exploding balls return to Salvo Fair

Knebworth, Hertfordshire UK
Florian Langenbeck from Historische Turen Schlosser Beschlage is bringing his exploding German balls back to this years Salvo Fair, after they proved such a hit last year. The balls were originally used in an old mill for crushing pigment. Amazingly as last years exhibitors found out during a friendly game of boules when the balls hit each other they explode as if a large percussion cap has gone of. The balls are one for £5 and three for £10, he has 200 pieces all together.

Historische Turen Schlosser Beschlage

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Commemorative keystones at Salvo Fair

Knebworth, Hertfordshire UK
V & V Reclamation will bring six carved portland stone key stones to Salvo Fair 2010. Four of the stones have coats of arms, and two have profile carvings of the British nurses and humanitarians, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell. They were removed from the facade of St Thomas's Hospital in 2004 and stand at approximately one metre tall. The commemorative stone is dated 1936 and is priced at £1,200 each.

V & V Reclamation

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An end to stifling business growth

London UK

Business Secretary Vince Cable today announced an action plan to “re-open Britain for business” and bring an end to the excessive regulation that is stifling business growth, especially of small businesses. The action plan will establish a new “challenge group” to come up with innovative approaches to achieving social and environmental goals in a non-regulatory way.

Vince Cable said, "The deluge of new regulations has been choking off enterprise for too long. We must move away from the view that the only way to solve problems is to regulate. The Government has wide-ranging social and ecological goals including protecting consumers and protecting the environment. This requires increased social responsibility on the part of businesses and individuals."

Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Organised thieves target England’s stately homes

London, England
England’s stately homes are being targeted by organised gangs who are stealing important porcelain pieces. With at least 21 major cases in the past three years, and a further 15 attempted robberies according to a leading criminal expert Dick Ellis, former head of Scotland Yard’s art and antiques unit. Targets include Firle Place in Sussex, where porcelain worth £500,000 was seized last summer and Sutton Park, the home of Sir Reginald Sheffield—the father of Samantha Cameron, the prime minister’s wife. In most cases the criminals seem to know exactly what they are looking for and spend only a minutes in the house.

Dick Ellis said, "I have identified three gangs, who appear to be responsible for most of the 36 thefts and attempted break-ins. The first operates at night, removing sections of glass from windows, often with the use of a ladder (it may have been responsible for the Firle Place and Sutton Park losses). The second gang, which forces its way through a door or window, includes a very small person who is able to squeeze into narrow openings. The third targets country houses open to visitors, using very rapid forced entry. All three gangs are highly professional."

The Art Newspaper

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Modern Design

Gaze, Diss Norfolk
Gaze will be holding a modern design sale on Saturday 12 June at 10am.

Lot 6013: A teak and oak framed Danish lounge chair, estimated at £80-£120.

Lot 6018: An early to mid 20th Century laminated two tier trolley with red painted removable trays, estimated at £20-£50.

Lot: 6234: "D & B Lampbase" a Dumler & Breiden early 1970's Pop Art tall spring form lampbase, red with matte black and gold fabric textured panels, marked 560-50 23" high, estimated at £40-£70


Extensive clearance auction

Dublin, Ireland UK
Herman Wilkinson Auctioneers are holding an extensive clearance auction for The Passionate Fathers at their premises Mount Argus Monastry on the 15 June 2010 at 10.30am. Viewing will be held on Sunday 13 June from 3pm - 5pm and Monday 14 June 11am - 7pm

Items include Magnificent carved oak case 9' high lofty long case clock, Irish grandfather clock, maker Schriber Dublin, Victorian wall clock and other clocks, William IV Pembroke table, substantial Victorian sideboard, pair oak hall chairs, approx. 10 smokers elbow chairs, hall stands, Victorian 4 door and 2 door bookcases in mahogany and oak, Pine vestment cupboards, phenomenal 20' Victorian pitch pine vestment cabinet, dressing mirror, Edwardian oak dining table, 2 loose leaves, Capo de Monte group the Last supper, large and small religious statues, set embroidered wool stations, old religious oil paintings, 20' wide oil painting the Last supper, Victorian chaise longues and gents armchair, Georgian scroll end settee, church brasses including sets candlesticks, candelabra, crosses, etc, approx 15 x 8' & 10' pine refectory tables, 8' & 15' pine church benches and pews, priedieus, bentwood, fireside and elbow chairs, counter display cases, filing cabinets, trestle tables, plant stands, pine double side bookshelves, contents of 50 bedrooms including wardrobes, chests, etc, kitchen equipment including 4 burner gas range, stainless steel work tables, crockery, bookshelves, church furnishings, invalid hoist, hospital beds, colour T.V.s

Herman & Wilkinson

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Reused house facade

Pines Garden, near Dover UK
eSalvo reader Will Carleton (CEO of Photo Archive News) sent in this weeks reuse of the week: the facade of a London town house on the upper part of 73 Cheapside, demolished in the 1920s, which has been reused in the Pines Garden, just outside Dover, to be admired and provide supporting flower beds for the plants.

The caption on the commemorative plaque reads:

This handsome facade on an important city mansion which was erected in 1669 following the Great Fire in 1666, stood a few doors east of Queen Street and here it is said that Sir William Turner kept his mayorality 1668-9. It was occupied later by Mr. Thomas Regg, the bookseller. A view of this house drawn by T. H. Shepherd in about 1830 is illustrated in a number of books on the City of London.

The house was demolished in the 1920s. Since then the facade has been housed in various places and efforts to reconstruct it in the City of London and elsewhere have proved unsuccessful.

The elevation which was the upper part of 73 Cheapside was offered to the Trustees in 1975 who decided to lay it out in the Pines Garden rather than see the destruction of this fine facade.

Pines Gardens