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  • Captured In Time

    We recently found this stunning piece of hand made repousse art. Made from brass, it has a really wonderful level of detail. A rare piece showing a key moment in European history. It depicts the Berlin Conference of 1884. The central figure is Otto Von Bismarck, the "Iron Chancellor", architect of German unification and who is credited with keeping Europe's conflicting powers in balance for two decades. The Berlin conference was timed as Germany post unification started to get more interested in colonial expansion and involved the major colonial powers in effectively "carving up" Africa. The repousse technique hammers the shape in to the metal from the reverse side creating an image that stands out from the metal sheet. The figures and the features of the room are created with fantastic repousse detail providing us with an amazing three dimensional rendition of this critical event that really brings the conference and the attendees to life. Each historical character is meticulously reproduced. It perfectly captures the sense of European Colonial Power. The plaque is signed A. Arens. Arnold Arens is listed in an international trade catalogue of 1889 as Stamped Repousse work in Rue Des Nerviens, Antwerp. We can assume that the plaque was commissioned at the time of, or soon after, the conference itself. Belgium were represented at the conference so perhaps the plaque was commissioned by Belgium. But Arens had an international reputation so may have been commissioned by the conference to create this unique piece. We have found a few other examples of Arnold Arens work from this period including other historical characters. But perhaps the most impressive example of his work are these stunning doors from a hotel on the Rue Des Nerviens where he was based. The hotel was built in 1879. The architect was Henri Blomme. We love finding unique pieces that have so much history. We hope you agree, this is a special piece. It can be incorporated into a any modern home to add soul and character to a space. We have has it framed in a simple wooden frame by an expert framer. It can now be enjoyed by generations to come.

  • Preservation by Retrovation

    Restoration is to restore something back to its original condition, whereas preservation is to preserve something in its current state to prolong its life. For us, preservation is the most important and satisfying, and we would always favour this over restoration. We love the history and patina in objects and want to retain this as part of their charm. Preserving the item so that it can still be incorporated in to a home is our goal. We found six stunning cast iron stained glass windows in a poor and deteriorating state of repair. Each window had broken glass, loose putty and flaking paint. Restoration would have involved removal of all of the glass, sandblasting, repair, reglazing and repainting. The result would have been amazing but prohibitively expensive and much of the character and history of the windows would be destroyed in the process. We decided to preserve three of the windows by taking good glass from the others, retaining the old paint and sound putty where possible. Only the worst damages were replaced with small cracks and chips to the glass left. The other three empty frames were sold to a company that makes mirrors from antique frames. The spare glass will be sold individually as decorative pieces or for use in other projects. Every piece will be saved. Preservation is a painstaking process of only touching where needed, to prevent further deterioration and make the item usable. It is always time consuming and there is no rule book. The result is a piece that is preserved for the future, full of character and with our work just another part of its history. We are just mere custodians of these beautiful pieces.

  • Talking Shop

    We were delighted to be asked to be interviewed for the the 'Talking Shop' section in Homes and Antiques magazine. It is wonderful to talk about our background, our own home and our passion for old pieces. We do love mixing old and new pieces to add soul and personality to a space. We are always searching for unusual items made by master craftsmen and have a story to tell. Each piece we hand pick have a history and can be given a new life in a modern home. Soul and sustainable for a modern interior what's more to love!. Pick up the June edition of Home and Antiques magazine, its in shops now.

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  • Antiques Store | Retrovation | England

    Retrovation English Eclectic Antiques & Unique Interiors Shop Now DECORATIVE ANTIQUES Shop Collection PERIOD PROPS Shop Collection UNIQUE INTERIORS Shop Collection About Us We love to handpick the beautiful, rare and unusual. Whether that be English Decorative Antiques from a country estate as a stunning statement, a salvaged piece to add character and personality for Unique Interiors , or items full of history that can be used as Period Props in a home or business setting. Follow our hashtags #retrovation #weaddsoultointeriors #addcharactertoyourspace ​ Why not have a browse through our online store, check out our Instagram feed to see what we are up to or visit us at the Retrobarn near St Albans, Hertfordshire. ​ Get in touch, we would love to hear from you, ​ Dawn & Steve ​ The Retrobarn is Open by Appointment as its on a Working Farm. Do get in Touch to Book. We would love to hear from you, Dawn & Steve Send Success! Message received.

  • Online Antiques and Interiors Store | England | Retrovation

    Our Latest Pieces Our passion to find the beautiful & unusual sees us travelling across the UK. Do have a look at our most recent treasures and get in contact if you are looking for something specific . Filter by Collection All Apothecary & Pharmacy Books & Ephemera Cabinets & Storage Chairs, Tables & Stools Art, Clocks & Wall Hangings Country House Brass, Copper & Silver Decorative Salvage Decorative Art & Paintings Glass & Pottery Garden & Outdoor Living Haberdashery & Shop Display Interior Styling Laboratory & Scientific Library & Office Lighting Mirrors & Frames Natural History Sporting & Memorabilia Travel Trunks Travel & Leatherware Typewriters, Telephones & Cameras Price £0.00 £1,495.00 Club Leeds Putney Lizars Print Brain Eyes Spine Numer 1 2 3 4 Size Large Small Size Large Medium Small Style a b c d e f Sort by Quick View Antique Etched Hand Blown Glass Val St Lambert Bell Jar Lantern Pendant Light Price £475.00 Quick View Antique Vintage Rare 1930s Metamorphic Folding Tray Side Table Ostens England Out of stock Quick View Antique Victorian Mahogany Low Nursing Chair Funky Stripped Statemen Chair Price £265.00 Quick View Antique Leather Mahogany Library Reading Arm Chair Cope And Collinson Castors Price £545.00 Quick View Antique Vintage Virol Brown Glass Bottles Embossed Advertising Set of 4 Jars Price £50.00 Quick View Antique Liberty Omersa Style Carved Wood Leather Horse Glass Eye 4 Available Price £85.00 Quick View Antique Mahogany White Grey Marble Topped Washstand Bathroom Hall Console Table Price £275.00 Quick View Antique 1909 Farrar's Reverend EA Lane Life of Christ Half Leather Bound Book Price £45.00 Quick View Antique 1855 Orr's Circle of the Sciences Organic Nature Half Leather Bound Book Price £45.00 Quick View Vintage Rustic Farmhouse Wooden Compartment Tray Wall Pigeon Hole Shelf Display Price £75.00 Quick View Antique Original Cast Iron School Numbered Wall Hooks on Oak Display Board Price £165.00 Quick View Antique Cast Iron White Painted Chairs, Table and Bench Garden Outdoor LivingSet Out of stock Quick View Antique Vintage Oversized Large Brass Lantern Curved Glass Pendant Light Price £495.00 Quick View Antique James Swift & Son London Japanned Microscope Mahogany Case Incomplete Price £145.00 Quick View Antique Rare Victorian Milner's of Liverpool Fire Resistant Safe Strong Box Price £235.00 Quick View Vintage Union Jack Royal Navy Naval Military English Ensign Flag Price £75.00 Quick View Antique Oak Barley Twist Table Lamp Light Murano Glass Amber Shade Near Pair Out of stock Quick View Antique Copper Topped Wall Mounted Street Light Lantern Cast Iron Bracket Price £345.00 Quick View Antique 1908 John Grinsell & Sons Silver Collar Glass Water Pouring Decanter Jug Price £75.00 Quick View Vintage 1979 Ferrari Brut Metodo Champenoise Spumante Sparkling Wine Price £65.00 Quick View Vintage Red Metal Garden Insect Sprayer Hand Pump Barn Find Prop Unteste Price £35.00 Quick View Antique Arts & Crafts Henry Loveridge & Co Repousse Brass Coal Scuttle Bucket Price £175.00 Quick View Antique Large Architectural Salvage Bench End Cast Iron Foundry Sand Mould Price £325.00 Quick View Antique Red Fire Extinguisher Cone Shaped Steam Punk Vintage Prop Project Price £65.00 Quick View Antique Vintage Graduated Yellow Opalescent Night Stand Tea Light Candle Holder Price £45.00 Quick View Antique Victorian Ornate Cast Iron Garden Salvaged Reclaimed Stamped JL Mirror Price £235.00 Quick View Antique Art Nouveau Hinks Brass Adjustable Standard Floor Lamp Fully Converted Price £465.00 Quick View Antique Gibson & Sons Hand Painted Pewter Lidded Jug Lighthouse Pitcher Pair Price £75.00 Quick View Antique 19th Century Fruit Still Life Watercolour Painting Signed FWF Gilt Frame Price £145.00 Quick View Antique Rare Manor House Salvaged Stained Glass Doors Pair Brass Handles Out of stock Quick View Antique Royal Doulton Royal Worcester Porcelain Apothecary Laboratory Funnels Price £85.00 Quick View Antique Vintage Ornate Brass Cone Ceiling Pendant Light Lantern Fully Rewired Out of stock Quick View Antique Major Drapkin & Co 'The Greys' Silk Cut Virginia Cigarette Tobacco Tin Price £25.00 Quick View Antique 19th Century Corinthian Column Scroll Acanthus Design Brass Table Lamp Out of stock Quick View Antique Gesso Gilt Wooden Distressed Picture Frame Interior Wall Hanging Art Price £185.00 Quick View Antique 19th Century Numismatist Coin Collectors Cabinet Travel Bank of Drawers Out of stock Load More Quick View Antique Victorian Apothecary Latin M. Sennae Co Hand Blown Chemist Jar Bottle Price £40.00 Quick View Vintage Hair Cream Brylcreem Tonic Four Bottle Jars Barber Hairdresser Display Price £40.00 Quick View Antique Red Fire Extinguisher Cone Shaped Steam Punk Vintage Prop Project Price £65.00 Quick View Antique Victorian Apothecary Latin M. Sennae Co Hand Blown Chemist Jar Bottle Price £40.00 Quick View Vintage Hair Cream Brylcreem Tonic Four Bottle Jars Barber Hairdresser Display Price £40.00 Quick View Antique Red Fire Extinguisher Cone Shaped Steam Punk Vintage Prop Project Price £65.00

  • Decorative Antiques | Hertfordshire | Retrovation

    Antiques Back on the High Street We are bringing antiques back to the high street at the St Albans and Chiswick High Street Markets every month. < Shop All Sort by Quick View Vintage Large Natural Conch Shells Phoenix Tail Snails Price £45.00

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