Since at least Tudor times there have been architectural salvages: panelling, chimney pieces, doorways, or any fixtures and fittings might be removed from an old interior to be replaced by more fashionable ones. Not surprisingly a trade developed and architects, builders, masons, and sculptors sought out these salvages. By 1820 there was a growing profession of brokers and dealers in London, and a century later antique shops were commonplace throughout England.
This fascinating book documents the break-up, sale, and re-use of salvages in Britain and America, where the fashion for so-called “Period Rooms” became a mainstay of the transatlantic trade. Much appreciated by museum visitors, period rooms have become something of a scholarly embarrassment, as research reveals that many were assembled from a variety of sources. One American embraced the trade as no other--the larger-than-life William Randolph Hearst--who purchased tens of thousands of architectural salvages between 1900 and 1935.
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Salvaging the Interior 15001820
Salvage and a More Amateur Antiquarianism
Continental Imports and the Wardour Street Trade
England and the French Connection
Interiors and a New Professionalism 18501950
The Growth of a Transatlantic Trade in Rooms and Salvages
The Period Room in European Museums
North American Museums and the English Rooms
Checklist of British Rooms and Salvages Exported to the USA
Charles Roberson of the Knightbridge Halls
The Paris Firm of Carlhian et Cie Exporters of French Rooms
The Tryon Memorandum
The Sherborn Note
The Hearst Sale
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