John Nolan (Southport) THEANTIQUESMAN the king of finding unusual items has done it again!

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John Nolan THEANTIQUESMAN the king of finding unusual items has done it again

This time it is a rare carved mantle frieze from the Houses of Parliment.   in the past John Nolan has found numerious unusal items which OTS has reported on, Including the famous Beatles school photographs, Jack the Rippers Chest of Drawers, The deeds to the Liverpool sea front, The Three Graces, the Royal Liver, Cunard, Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Buildings, Etc   Now it is a relic from Houses of Parliament when Britain was ruling the world.

Rare Palace Of Westminster oak panel expected to sell in excess of £1,500

A rare and crisply carved oak mantle frieze designed and built for the Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament in London is expected to sell for over £1,500 at an auction in Derbyshire this weekend.

Commenting on the find, Charles Hanson, manager of Hansons Auctioneers and Television fame. Seen on BBC1s Bargain Hunt, reported, ‘”the piece of timber is an important artefact of British social history”

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Charles spotted the item in John Nolan’s (theantiquesman) shop in Portland Street, Southport were it was for sale when Charles was filming a program with John Nolan

The beautifully carved panel which is likely to have been crafted for a door frieze is carved in a medieval Gothic style. Detailed with an eagle, hound and dragon, Mr Hanson remarked, “it is 19th century carved artistry at its finest”

Celebrated architect Sir Charles Barry, was assisted by Augustus Pugin from 1837 in designing the present Palace of Westminister in the Gothic Revival Palace.

The Palace of Westminster or as it is more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, comprises the House of Commons and the House of Lords.  It is located on the left bank of the River Thames in the borough of Westminster, London. The building, considered one of the finest gothic structures in the world, has had many incarnations, due to a turbulent history which has included destruction by fire and bombing.

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Following a fire in 1834 which virtually destroyed the old Palace, work commenced in 1837 and was finished in 1860.

According to Mr Hanson, It would appear the rare carved frieze was rescued after one of the numerous air raids that targeted London during World War II. Discovered in the West Midlands it is “a little bit of Blitz history”.     The panel reflects the ornateness of The House of Lords chamber which is 97 feet high. The panel with hexagonal fields has a deep patination from a time when Victoria had just become Queen of England.   The panel which measures 123cm length reflects the drawings and designs by Charles Barry and AWN Pugin in the period 1841-45.

The panel will be sold by Hansons Auctioneers on Saturday 29th June. Alongside the oak panel and included in the lot will be an engraved print of the New Houses of Parliament and plan of layout. It is inscribed and dated 23 February 1843 and signed by Charles Barry.

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Estimated to fetch £1,000-1,500, Hansons Auctioneers hope the lot “will be featured in a collection for the public to enjoy.

It is truly a work of art from a magnificent building central to our country” commented Mr Hanson.

For further details about this lot in Hansons Auction telephone 01283 733 988 or view or from John Nolan  8, portland Street Southport. Tel 01704 540808

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