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  • 5 December 2016

    ‘Dear God, What A Place’

    LASSCO has acquired the complete furniture and fittings of the ill-fated modern bistro ‘Le Chabanais’, lately showered with ordure in the pages of The Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. It is a commonly held misapprehension that Henry VIII naval flagship, the Mary Rose, sank on her maiden voyage. The fate of the barque, packed to...

  • 1 November 2016

    High Industrial Swagger On The Factory Floor.

    LASSCO has come into posession of a large quantity of reclaimed Victorian maple strip flooring from the Ogden’s tobacco factory in Liverpool. Ogden’s Imperial tobacco factory was constructed in Liverpool on its Boundary Lane site in 1899 by the Architect Henry Hartley in a heterogeneous and pleasingly indiscriminate ‘Queen Anne style’. It was a statement...

  • 21 October 2016

    Trafalgar Day

    Today LASSCO commemorates Trafalgar Day. 211 years ago today the His Majesty’s Royal Navy encountered the combined Franco-Spanish fleet off a headland near Cadiz in a place known as Cape Trafalgar. In the heavy fighting that followed the Royal Navy, though outgunned and outnumbered, achieved a stunning and decisive victory that captured the waves for...

  • 18 October 2016

    Skill & Labour

    In the Glass works of Central and Northern Europe at the middle point of the Twentieth Century a remarkable concord was achieved between the rigours of the industrial process and the artistic brilliance of a generation of craftsmen.  The return to handmade glassware during the Final Act of the Industrial Age can seem unsurprising to...

  • 29 September 2016

    Salvaged From Obscurity – Half A Century On.

    LASSCO has unearthed a large batch of decorative tiles from an historic London architectural gem, long thought lost without a trace. ‘Southampton Buildings’, headquarters of the Birkbeck Bank, stood between High Holborn and Chancery Lane between 1896 and 1964. The vast Victorian banking hall was built in two years by T.R. Knightley and Co. At...