Every year, LAPADA (The Association of Art and Antique Dealers) runs a competition, in partnership with Country Life, to identify an ‘Object of The Year’. The shortlisted 12 objects are currently on display at the International Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia. The winner will be announced tomorrow, 12th of June.
The largest and most impractical object to be put forward this year is Architectural Heritage’s Crakemarsh Hall Staircase, described as a ‘sumptuous staircase by Nikolaus Pevsner.
Of historical importance, the staircase is well-provenanced to Crakemarsh Hall, now sadly demolished, with the stair also highlighting the little appreciated fact that architectural salvage was alive and well in the early 19th century; evidenced by the carpentry employed to refit the staircase to Crakemarsh Hall from the earlier grand property it would have originally served.
The beautiful carving of intertwining snakes disappearing through flowers and foliage takes you on a journey up and through the stair. This is probably the last opportunity to purchase such a magnificent example of a 17th century staircase.
View all the LAPADA Objects of the Year and add your ‘People’s vote’ to your favourite on their website: www.lapada-object-of-the-year.com
Established 35 years, Architectural Heritage is the UK’s largest resource for fine antique and reproduction garden ornament and chimneypieces. Their ever-changing inventory of antique garden ornament, including statues, urns, sundials, seats and fountains, is complemented by their exclusive collection of reproduction garden ornament, using materials such as hand-carved natural limestone, age patinated artificial stone, marble, bronze and lead. www.architectural-heritage.co.uk