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Moving Rooms: The Trade in Architectural Salvages

John Harris

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 320

  • Publisher: Yale University Press

  • Date Published: Aug 2007

  • Stock Code: 62011

  • ISBN: 9780300124200

  • Binding: Hardback

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WINNER of the RIBA International Book Awards 2008 - Interior Design Award

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. Between 1900 and 1935, he purchased tens of thousands of architectural salvages; many of these were incorporated into his houses and castles in New York, California, Long Island, and St Donat's Castle in Wales, but they were a small percentage of the total.

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