Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Architectural Salvage Then: Part II

J. Bayan was offering antique and reproduction marble mantels for sale to the United States in 1928. During that year, the firm was celebratings its centennial, advertising shipment to New York with the mantels insured, divided into five sections and accompanied by a Consular invoice. Bayan's antique mantels showroom was located on the Rue de la Roquette, in the 11th arrondissement. Cousolre -- a commune in the Nord department of France, known for its iron works and marble quarries -- was home to Bayan's stone carvers.

The advertisement above also included a lexicon of European and American marble nomenclature. The transatlantic trade for such architectural salvage (also discussed in an earlier post) bottomed out with the 29 October 1929 Wall Street Crash.

Image above: Loichemolle-Ballagny-Bayan Firm. Marble Mantels. Paris: Les Ateliers d'Art, 1 July 1928, p. 1. Architectural Trade Catalogs Collection, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.

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