The LASSCO Collection - 15th June 2013
Reclaimed Architecture and Curiosities at Auction in a Georgian Mansion in Vauxhall
On the edge of the Thames nestling unexpectedly amongst 21st century high rise architecture is LASSCO Brunswick House, a magnificent Georgian gem and relic of the glorious days of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Here Dreweatts auctioneer is staging the London Architectural Salvage & Supply Company’s first ever auction on Saturday 15 June 2013.
The day long sale (from 10am-5pm) consists of over 1000 items in about 480 lots. LASSCO’s founder Adrian Amos, who comes from a long line of cabinet-makers says, ‘As LASSCO passes on to the next generation we are excited by this one day/one off auction, proceeds from which will help fund further restoration of Brunswick House.’
LASSCO in Vauxhall has been holding more and more very popular events and this will become the raison d’etre of the Vauxhall premises, while LASSCO at Ropewalk, Bermondsey and the Three Pigeons in Oxford will expand their already considerable architectural salvage operations and consolidate their international reputation.
The high ceilings of the Library, the Study, the Parlour, the Ballroom, the Saloon and the Smoking Room at Brunswick House, Vauxhall will be piled high with reclaimed curiosities, both practical and ornamental, all of which will come under the hammer on Saturday, 15 June.
Amongst the plethora of weird and wonderful objects are some particularly important pieces from the City, such as the striking group of simple relief sculptures of St George and the Dragon and St John and the Eagle carved in Portland stone by Sir Charles Wheeler, the first sculptor to be made President of the Royal Academy. Reclaimed from Barclays Bank in Lombard Street, the relief panels are estimated £4000-6000.
Another eye-catching example of reclaim is the 1669-72 carved oak cresting from Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar gate, which was the principle western gateway into The City of London from The City of Westminster. Originally a defensive as well as an administrative boundary, its most important function became ceremonial; it was here that coronation processions of British monarchs halted, and where the Lord Mayor confirmed London's civic loyalty and would hand over the City's Sword of State, as he threw open the gates and granted the monarch access to The City. This literally landmark carving, is estimated £5000-8000.
LASSCO is renowned internationally for chimneypieces and every room in Brunswick House boasts several. Most seem restrained when compared to the imposing and spectacular 15ft high ‘Sir Isaac Newton Chimneypiece’ which was made by John Thomas (1813 - 1862) for his patron and friend Sir Samuel Morton Peto.
In contrast is the Adam taste George III white marble chimney piece estimated £7000-10000 carved in low relief with a twin handled urn, rouge marble roundels and a Siena panel. However, the ultimate chair must be the late 19th century intricately carved oak mayoral throne, surmounted by a large heraldic crest for the Dukedom of Bedford incorporating the Latin motto 'Che Sara Sara' ( or, as the song goes, ‘What will be will be’)with blue leather upholstery. This ‘statement’ armchair carries an estimate of £2000-3000.
Life size polychrome models of Beefeaters from the Tower of London are amongst the many curiosities (estimated £300-500); those searching for taxidermy will not be disappointed just as those looking for something a little risqué yet topical to light up their lives, will be rewarded by the unusual lighting sign from Soho, which spells SEX with the emblem of a dollar, a Euro and simply an X!
‘We’re delighted to be staging such an eclectic auction just across the river from Tate Britain and Belgravia. This is LASSCO’s first ever auction and we’re proud to be involved,’ said Stephan Ludwig, Chairman of Dreweatts. ‘Brunswick House, has the same quintessentially English character as our Georgian flagship premises outside Newbury and its central location is ideally suited for an auction of this kind.’ Dreweatts, established over 250 years ago in 1759, has become the UK’s 4th largest auction group and following its recent merger with Baldwins and Bloomsbury Auctions, together they now form the only art and antiques auctioneer listed on a UK stock exchange.
As well as Brunswick House in Vauxhall, LASSCO has branches at The Three Pigeons near Oxford and Ropewalk in Maltby St, Bermondsey all of which are contributing to this major sale.
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Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5’ auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Noble Investments (UK) PLC we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin’s, and Apex Philatelics. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London’s Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.
Lassco Press Office - 21 May 2013