I just went to the cinema this week and before the film started, an advert came on which I though was arresting and funny. It’s the new advert for Euromillions lottery, “Nicer problems to have (watch the video)” an avid DIY-er installed a gigantic water fountain with putti in the middle of his palatial hallway and tries to fix it in the middle of the night.
This made me think of some wonderful, gigantic pieces of architectural salvage I saw at Lassco’s Three Pigeons. If you have the space and the means these could be yours.
Do you fancy a piece of Westminster Bridge, one of the bridges over the River Thames linking Westminster to Lambeth? Part of the cast iron parapet, pierced with trefoils, built by Thomas Page and Sir Charles Barry (1854-62) is available. A possible theory for its removal in 1997 was that in case of a terrorist bomb attack the shrapnel from the Victorian iron bridge could affect the Palace of Westminster.
Or would you prefer a massive 24 carat gold leaf decorated ribbed globe originally on the roof of Sea Containers House on the South Bank? The Building was initially conceived as a luxury hotel but then became the offices for the shipping conglomerate. The American architect and interior designer Warren Platner is well known for “Windows on the World” restaurant atop what was the World Trade Centre. Sea Containers House was extensively refurbished internally and externally in 2011. It now houses a swanky new hotel The Mondrian and a series of offices.
At the Three Pigeons you can also acquire a series of Portland stone relief plaques carved by Charles Wheeler in 1942-62 for the headquarters of Barclays Bank in Lombard Street in the city of London. These plaques were emblematic of the signs of the city and were removed in 1986 when the building was demolished and partly reused in the new building. The spread eagle was officially adapted as the coat of arms for the bank in 1937, although it had been used for nearly 200 years before.
These are wonderful unique historical pieces that will make you look at the refurbished London landmarks in a new way. Which one is your favourite?