6 January 2016
Look out for the latest issue of London Magazine (January 2016) that gives a great plug for the salvaged Westminster Bridge, currently for sale at LASSCO Three Pigeons. It reads: “Heritage for sale: You may think of them as a symbol of London history, as old as...
11 December 2015
At LASSCO Three Pigeons we’re just unpacking hundreds of beautiful Dutch tiles. Most of these boxes have been quietly stacked, forgotten, at the back of a warehouse in Northamptonshire since the 1930’s. We have acquired a wonderful cross-section of the stock. Many of the designs are by L.E.F. Bodart who was a celebrated ceramicist working for De Porceleyne...
27 October 2015
Getting a horse onto a ship, or off it, is more of a challenge than you might think. They don’t do steep gangplanks. In the days before roll-on, roll-off ferries, hydraulic platforms and containers, everything went over the gunwales – and most of it by crane, lowered vertically into the hold. The forest of cranes that lined...
19 October 2015
Go and tread the boards at the new Sonos Studio in Shoreditch – a great project that we were very pleased to have been involved with. Sonos are pioneers of smart wireless HiFi speakers and audio components. Their system unites your digital music collection in one app that you control from any device. Two weeks ago, in Shoreditch, they opened their second...
13 October 2015
We are delighted to be able to now offer for sale accurate castings of the landmark door surrounds of Bedford Square. They have been carefully cast by our resident Master Plaster Caster, Mr Peter Hone, from one of the Georgian originals in New Cavendish Street. (Available here ). In summarising the story behind the striking door surrounds of Bedford...
17 September 2015
We are extremely pleased to announce that LASSCO is now a stockist of Annie Sloan paint. We have greatly enjoyed using her fabulous Chalk Paint product in many applications in the past – whether for restorations or room sets. Our customers already know the paint well – it is always being discussed in the shop. For...
27 July 2015
Will Self has just published a short story entitled “Architectural Salvage” in the “Weekend Magazine” – Saturday Guardian. The setting seems familiar!: “…at least the venue was appropriate: Lettice had hired out the long, dusty salon that formed the first-storey salesroom of an upmarket architectural salvage business. It was here young and upwardly-mobile...
18 June 2015
LASSCO is delighted to offer for sale the original Victorian Westminster Bridge that was removed during the extensive restoration works carried out in 1997 – the first time that an historic London river crossing has been offered on the open market since John Rennie’s Portland stone London Bridge of 1831 was sold by The Corporation of London...
16 June 2015
Essentially our business is dealing in ‘history’. It’s debatable whether it’s usually history with a Big ‘H’ or history with a small ‘h’. Today, 16th June 2015, LASSCO at Brunswick House is touched by Big History. It marks the 200th anniversary of the death at the Battle of Quatre Bras of Frederick William, Duke of...
5 May 2015
This Thursday the UK holds a General Election. It hasn’t been a gripping election campaign. Not like the old days. In the mid 18th Century William Hogarth had plenty to work with – in his “Humours of an Election”, a series of oils – later engravings, he illustrates the election of a member of parliament in Oxfordshire in 1754. The paintings date to the...
19 March 2015
On Friday morning (20th March 2015), for a while, we’ll be in the shade as the moon slips in front of the sun. In Denmark it’ll be a total eclipse. Of course you’ll be wanting a lunar globe to properly demonstrate the dynamics of an eclipse, and this one happens to be Danish: It can...
17 March 2015
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. We have St. Patrick with us at LASSCO Three Pigeons, clutching his sprig of shamrock and keeping an eye on the shop – together with his fellow Irish patron Saint Columba and, between them St. Augustine of Canterbury. Together they form a very fine stained glass window. More info here.