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  • 11 December 2015

    Salvaged Delft Tiles

    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

    Two by two: hurrah!

    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

    Soundboards

    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

    The Vermiculated Rustications of Bedford Square

    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

    Annie Sloan Paint: Now Stocked

    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

    “Architectural Salvage” by Will Self

    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

    Westminster Bridge For Sale

    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

    Commemorating Our Duke

    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

    Election Mayhem

    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

    Lunar Eclipse

    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

    St. Patrick at LASSCO

    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.

  • 16 March 2015

    Well, well, well…

    You’ll find some beautiful old stone troughs and well-heads at LASSCO Three Pigeons. We can’t resist buying them when we find them; English or French  they tend to sell quickly. Encrusted with centuries of lichen and decades of moss, it is hard to envisage that these great lumps of roughly hewn stone could have been physically moved...