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Magazine    March 2002


George II-style door

Door detail

In addition to selling antique stonework, panelling and ironwork, one of the roles that the 125-year-old English company Crowther of Syon Lodge has played in the decorative arts world is that of making reproductions of antique fireplace surrounds, fountains and stone and marble items that aren't readily found for sale as well as producing period panelling or ironwork according to a client's specifications. "We have artisans—masons, woodcarvers and blacksmiths—who are part of a long tradition of apprenticeship and were trained in the old techniques," says Crowther's Sharon Powell.

When it comes to period panelling, Crowther's team of craftsmen restores and adapts antique rooms or designs and installs new rooms using rare old wood, working with American interior designers such as John Saladino and private English clients.

Crowther ships and installs around the globe, and one of its most unusual projects was the design and fabrication of 36 George II–style doors made of Brazilian mahogany for a bank headquarters in Moscow. There are 24 figured double doors and 12 singles, measuring 2½ meters in height. All the doors come with egg and dart panel molds and brass hardware. The headquarters was never completed due to the economic downturn, so Crowther is marketing the fully finished doors on behalf of its client. A sample pair is on display at Crowther's Pimlico galleries in London.

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Crowther of Syon Lodge
77/79 Pimlico Road
London SW1W 8PH

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