A decidedly modern taste for reclamation, salvage and up-cycling…
A singular auction steeped in history and accompanied with a thousand tales
The past two decades have brought about an incredible resurgence in salvaged, up-cycled and church reclaimed architectural items; even for those outside of design and architectural industries, it appears that make-do and mend has been shifted to an entirely new level where old is in, and history and heritage are hot property for the on-trend residential or commercial building.
This movement is in stark contrast to the industrial shift in interior design seen previously, and whilst the minimalist trend has stayed firmly put, it is often when architectural reclamation pieces combine with this style that the most dramatic of effects can be achieved. This contrast between old and new, intricately detailed and decidedly simple is something that has long since made for the stuff of interior magazine spreads.
An auction that tells a thousand tales
For many, the passion for reclaimed items is defined by their heritage and their innate ability to contrast in a world of mass produced furnishings. Yet all too often auction items are sadly lacking in any definitive history that is known about them (at least most of the time).
The Pro Auction sale which will be both live and webcast, on behalf of Antique Church Furnishings, will be making a mark amongst auctions by bringing to market a collecLation of items where tales may be told and tangible history can be viewed.
Taking a look a few key items
Whilst almost every item amongst the auctioned collection has a story of its own, it is perhaps the following three items that will form the centre of attention over the course of the two day auction.
A 17th Century style Oak Altar Table, Bradford Cathedral
Hailing from Bradford Cathedral – a rich resource of history in itself as one of the oldest worship sites in England (dating back to the eighth century), this item is defined by understated elegance and stoic poise in equal measure.
Today, this table boasts four hundred years of history; and whilst an innumerable amount of weddings, christenings and funerals will have surrounded it, this piece has aged with defiant grace.
This table is certain to be a talking point in any room – ideal as a dining table over which bread may be broken, or serving as a handsome sideboard upon which modern items may contrast.
An incredibly rare Bimah Torah Scroll Holder, Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue.
The Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue dates its own history back to 1899, and serves as one of the very last traditional old London East End Synagogues. Unfortunately its tradition has all but ended as the building was sold off in 2015, however this makes this incredibly rare Bimah Torah Scroll Holder a true gem of a find. Potential for this piece are practically unparalleled given its religious heritage, yet strong, industrious feel and considerable sizing – an undeniably powerful piece for any room’s focal point.
A Large Valiant Stained Glass Window 268cm x 210cm
This 9 panelled window – with intricate stained glass, staggering craftsmanship and vivid imagery, will prove the perfect partner for even the most neutral of rooms in which it will make for a remarkable centrepiece.
Further lots coming up…
Further antiques and items to look forward to across the course of the two day auction will include elaborate carvings and decoration, stained glass cartoons and a good range of chapel chairs, oak and pine pews, oak and mahogany doors, prayer boards, bronze bells, plaster and wood statues, carved screens, lecterns, fonts and pulpits – all of which have gained significant attention already.
For interior designers, for private collectors, for inspired architects
This sale has created quite the stir - which has perhaps been most notable for the array of professionals and private individuals; spanning from interior designers, to collectors and onto architects, it appears that the appetite for architectural salvage and church antiques is as insatiable as it’s ever been.
A little about Antique Church Furnishings (and their own history)
With three decades of trading history behind them, this auction is brought to you by the reputable Antique Church Furnishings - the leading supplier of Antique Ecclesiastical Furnishings, furniture, fixtures and fittings the length and breadth of Britain.
Their tale is one that has been defined by the fluctuating demand for salvaged items – since the 1980’s business partners and friends, Steve and Lawrence have scoured the country, capitalising on the throw away culture that saw beautifully intricate Victorian fireplaces in the skips and streets outside of renovation projects and homes.
These spur-of-the moment roadside collections would one day lead to the lightbulb moment that was the salvage of church restoration items, where items were literally saved from the flames of a fire and purchased in bulk. This turning moment for the friends’ business has ultimately culminated in their upcoming expansion to Betchworth, near Dorking in Surrey, to take place in 2017. This auction is the result of that expansion – a series of sales that showcase the wears of three decades of trading, collecting and avidly auctioneering.
Today, business is consistently booming, and Antique Church Furnishings proudly count pubs, restaurants, private individuals, film and theatre professionals amongst their clientele – with their store rooms likely the truest to life Aladdin’s Cave for the ardent Antiques collector or treasurer of items that drip vibrant historical detailing: the fascinating, the understated, the ordinary and the absolutely dazzling.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
The Pro Auction, on behalf of Antique Church Furnishings of Rivernook Farm, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2ET, will be held on the following dates and will be both live and internet enabled.
All bids are binding and subject to terms and conditions of sale.
GENERAL CONDITIONS OF SALE
(as approved by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)
1. Application of these General Conditions
1.1 In these general conditions the expression "the Auctioneer" includes his
employees and agents and any person to whom conduct of the Auction is
delegated under clause 5.11 below.
1.2 These General Conditions apply to every Auction of Plant and Machinery, Chattels, Trade Stocks and Vehicles conducted by the Auctioneer and to any Lot offered for sale in the Auction whether that Lot includes property fixed to land or not fixed to land or any other personal property.
1.3 If these General Conditions have not previously been accepted by a person attending or bidding at an Auction, bidding for any Lot in the Auction shall be deemed to be an acceptance by the Bidder of these General Conditions.
1.4 To the extent that these General Conditions are inconsistent with any special conditions set out or referred to in the Auction Catalogue or announced at the Auction, the special conditions shall prevail.
1.5 These General Conditions shall be governed construed and enforced in accordance with the law of England, but:-
(a) if the Auction is held in Scotland, in accordance with the law of
(b)if the Auction is held in Northern Ireland, in accordance with the law in
2. The Seller's Instructions and Warranties
2.1 The Seller warrants that:-
(a) to any Lot offered for sale he will be able to pass good and unencumbered title free from third party claims;
(b) any Lot offered for sale may lawfully sold;
(c) the premises where the Auction is to be held (if not the Auctioneer's premises) will be safe for that purpose and that it will be lawful to hold the Auction there.
2.2 If the Seller's instructions are given by the Seller's agent, the Seller's agent warrants that he has the Seller's authority:-
(a) to instruct the Auctioneer;
(b)to give the warranties set out in clause 2.1 above;
(c)to instruct the Auctioneer to act in accordance with these General Conditions and any special conditions.
3. The Auctioneer's Remuneration
3.1 The Auctioneer's remuneration shall be such as has been agreed between the Seller and the Auctioneer.
3.2 The Auctioneer may deduct his remuneration from monies received from Buyers before accounting to the Seller for the balance.
4. Bidding on behalf of Another
4.1 Unless the Auctioneer has previously acknowledged in writing that the bidder bids as agent on behalf of a named principal, every bidder shall be taken to bid on his own behalf as principal.
4.2 If the Auctioneer has earlier acknowledged in writing that the Bidder bids as agent on behalf of a named principal, the Bidder warrants that he has the authority of his principal to make each bid he makes.
5. Conduct of the Auction
5.1 The Auctioneer offers each Lot as agent of the Seller and not as principal unless otherwise indicated in the Auction Catalogue.
5.2 Any Lot may be subject to a reserve price unless otherwise indicated in the Auction Catalogue.
5.3 The Seller or his representative or the Auctioneer on his behalf may bid for any Lot unless otherwise indicated in the Auction Catalogue.
5.4 The Auctioneer may at any time before the fall of the hammer withdraw or divide any Lot or combine any Lots.
5.5 With the previous consent of the Seller, the Auctioneer may sell any Lot by private sale before or after the Auction.
5.6 The Auctioneer may require any Bidder to give his name and address and proof of identity before accepting a bid.
5.7 The Auctioneer may reject any bid at his sole discretion and without being required to give a reason.
5.8 The Buyer shall be the person who made the highest bid before the fall of the hammer or such other person as the Auctioneer may declare to be Buyer without being required to give a reason.
5.9 The Auctioneer may decide whether there is a dispute between Bidders, may summarily determine the dispute or immediately again offer the Lot for sale, in each case without being required to give a reason.
5.10 The Auctioneer shall in every other respect decide how the Auction is to be conducted and without being required to give a reason.
5.11 The Auctioneer may in his sole discretion delegate to a person whom he believes to be competent the conduct of the Auction in accordance with these General Conditions
6 After the Sale
6.1 Upon the Auctioneer declaring any Lot sold, the buyer shall immediately:-
(a) give the Auctioneer his name and address and if requested his proof of
(b)identify any person on whose behalf he has bought;
(c)pay to the Auctioneer if requested a deposit of up to 25 per cent of the price.
6.2 Within the time specified in clause 6.3 below, the Buyer shall pay the following sums to the Auctioneer in full:-
(a)the balance of the price of all Lots purchased together with any VAT due;
(b)the value as summarily determined by the Auctioneer, whose determination shall be final and binding, of all or part of any Lot or of the premises where the Auction is held which has been damaged or destroyed by the Buyer or his principal or agent.
6.3 The time for complying with clause 6.2 above shall be the time specified in the Auction catalogue or if no time is specified there, 4pm on the next working day, and in every case time shall be of the essence.
6.4 The Auctioneer may at any time in his sole discretion grant the Buyer an extension of time for complying with clause 6.2 above, in which case the Buyer shall pay the Auctioneer in full before moving or removing the Lot interest on any unpaid sums at a rate of 4 per cent above Barclays Bank Plc base rate in force from time to time.
6.5 Until the Buyer has complied with clause 6.2 above:-
(a)title to any Lot bought shall not pass to the Buyer;
(b)the Lot shall be at the Buyer's risk;
(c)the Auctioneer shall have a lien over any Lot bought by the Buyer in the Auction;
(d)if the Buyer effects or purports to effect a resale or any other disposition of all or part of the Lot, the Buyer shall hold the proceeds of resale or other disposition on trust for the Auctioneer and Seller.
6.6 On written request by the Buyer the Auctioneer shall provide a VAT invoice in proper form, if appropriate.
7. Removal of the Lot bought
7.1 The Buyer may not remove any Lot he has bought until after the end of the Auction.
7.2 The Buyer may not remove any Lot until the Buyer has paid the sums specified in clause 6.2 above in full for every Lot he has bought.
7.3 After paying the sums specified in clause 6.2 above, the Buyer must remove the Lot bought by the time specified in the Auction Catalogue or if no time is specified there, 5pm on the next working day, and in every case time shall be of the essence.
7.4 The Auctioneer may at any time at his sole discretion and on terms specified by him grant the Buyer an extension of the time specified in clause 7.3 above.
7.5 If the Lot bought is or includes a motor vehicle, no warranty is given that the vehicle may safely or lawfully be driven on the road.
7.6 When removing any Lot the Buyer:-
(a) is responsible for detaching any Lot fixed to land and must do so safely and lawfully and must not use flame cutters, explosives or any other dangerous equipment or process without previous written permission signed by or on behalf of the Auctioneer;
(b) must use safe and lawful means of removing the Lot;
(c) shall indemnify the Auctioneer and Seller against any loss damage legal or other expenses and any claim arising from the detaching of the Lot or its removal.
(d) shall have insurance in respect of such indemnity and shall on request produce to the Auctioneer a receipt for the last premium due or other sufficient evidence that such insurance has been effected and remains in force.
8. Default by the Buyer
8.1 If at any time the Buyer has failed either to pay the sums specified in clause
6.2 above in full by the expiry of the time specified in clause 6.3 above (or any extension granted under clause 6.4 above), or to remove any Lot by the time specified in clause 7.3 above (or any extension granted under clause 7.4 above) the Auctioneer may rescind the Sale of that Lot, in which case any deposit shall be forfeit, and that Lot may be resold by auction or privately.
8.2 If the Auctioneer has rescinded the sale but the Buyer has removed the Lot bought, the Auctioneer shall be entitled without previous notice to enter upon any premises where he believes the Lot to be and remove it.
8.3 If the Auctioneer has rescinded the sale and the Lot has been resold, the Buyer shall make good any deficiency, namely:-
(a) the sale price less the resale price;
(b) the costs of and incidental to resale.
8.4 If because the Buyer has failed to remove any Lot by the time specified in clause 7.3 above (or any extension granted under clause 7.4 above), the Seller is unable to give vacant possession on disposing of or relinquishing any interest in the premises from which the Lot should have been removed, the Buyer shall compensate the Seller for any loss resulting.
9. Liabilities and Indemnities
9.1 The Auctioneer warrants that he believes that the Seller of each Lot is able to pass good title, and if the Seller is not able to do so, the Auctioneer shall use his reasonable endeavours to assist the Buyer in obtaining good title and in pursuing any remedies the Buyer might have against the Seller, but the Auctioneer shall not be bound to initiate litigation and shall not be under any other obligation to the Buyer.
9.2 Every Lot is sold as seen and where lying.
9.3 No Lot is sold as compromising or including any new goods.
9.4 The Auctioneer neither has nor professes any expert or other knowledge of any Lot sold and is hereby excluded any liability the Auctioneer might otherwise incur and any right or immunity the Buyer might otherwise possess in respect of any conditions warranties or representations relating to the condition of any Lot sold or the merchantable quality of the Lot or its fitness for the particular or any purpose for which it is or may be required whether such conditions warranties or representations are expressed or implied in the Auction Catalogue or are the subject of oral or written statements made by or on behalf of the Auctioneer or any other person before or in the course of the Auction.
9.5 No liability shall attach to the Auctioneer either in contract or in tort for loss, injury or damage legal or other expenses sustained by the Seller, any Bidder, the Buyer or any other person by reason of:-
(a) any defect in any Lot sold, whether or not such defect be latent or apparent on examination;
(b) any defect or danger of the premises where the Auction is held;
(c) any alleged failure of the Auctioneer to properly advertise the Auction or to seek or obtain expert legal advice with regard to any Lot offered for sale or its reserve price;
(d) any act or omission of the Auctioneer in the conduct of the Auction or after the Auction;
(e) any act or omission of any person other than the Auctioneer.
9.6 The Seller shall indemnify the Auctioneer in respect of any claims made by another or third party for any loss injury damage or legal or other expenses referred to in clause 9.5 above.
9.7 The Auctioneer shall not be liable to indemnify the Seller or any Bidder or the Buyer in respect of any claims made by another or third party for any loss injury damage or legal or other expenses referred to in clause 9.5 above.
9.8 Clauses 9.3 to 9.7 shall not be valid insofar as prohibited by statute.
9.9 In no circumstances shall the Auctioneers be liable for any consequential damage.
10.1 No indulgence shown by the Auctioneer shall prevent the Auctioneer or the Seller from subsequently insisting upon their respective rights and remedies.
11. Special Conditions
11.1 Viewing is strictly by appointment only with the auctioneers directly.
11.2 Purchasers are required to pay lift out charges and removal costs associated
with individual lots and must discuss same prior to bidding with the auctioneers to establish cost of same.
11.3 VAT is payable on all lots, lift out charges and buyers premium