Mar 20, 2018

Pietà from a Church in Brooklyn, NY

Some of you may know, from time to time we are called upon to salvage religious properties. In  mid 2015, we were invited to find a new home for some of the artifacts from the Church of the Redeemer in Brooklyn, New York. As bitter sweet as it may have been, we have "rescued" many beautiful and interesting items, one of them being a 19th century Pietà.



But What is Pietà?

Simply put, the Pietà is a subject in Christian art depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus, most often found in sculpture. As such, it is a particular form of the Lamentation of Christ, a scene from the Passion of Christ found in cycles of the Life of Christ (Wikipedia).



A more in-depth analysis of the Pieta and other works of art by Michelangelo can be found on Khan Academy's website.



1. A French cardinal commissioned it for his own funeral. 
2. After more than 200 years, the Pietà was moved to St. Peter's Basilica. 
3. Michelangelo carved it from a single slab of marble. 
4. Pietà is the only work Michelangelo ever signed.
5. The piece made Michelangelo famous when he was only 24. 
6. The sculpture has been criticized for Michelangelo's depiction of Mary.
7. It’s a mash-up of sculpting styles.
8. Mary's robes hide a creative compromise.
9. The Pietà was brutally attacked. 
10. Its destruction was not deemed a criminal offense.
11. Its restoration was a matter of debate.
12. The restoration took 10 months. 
13. This was not the first time it was behind bulletproof glass.
14. The Pietà's attack had an unexpected silver lining.
15. Michelangelo’s Model for The Pietà may have been discovered.


And if after all a sculpture of Pietà from a Brooklyn church is not what you looking for right now, we have a great selection of religious  and other items in our inventory. 



Feb 20, 2018

How to entertain like Neil Patrick Harris

Once upon a time, a prominent couple fell in love with a Brownstone in New York City, which required some TLC to become the home they’ve always dreamt of. After getting together with architects, interior designers and Demolition Depot / Irreplaceable Artifacts, they were able to restore the building’s glory to entertain their family and friends. Perhaps it’s best you see for yourself -  house tour with Architectural Digest.

Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Brownstone in New York
Click above to see Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka's Brownstone in New York

YOUR HOME, YOUR STYLE & OUR ANTIQUES

Select a few key pieces to make a statement 


Of course you love your home, but it’s just missing the little something to stand out … perhaps few irreplaceable artifacts? But where to start? We believe that few key pieces will have a greater impact if given the room to “shine”. Select a focal point in your home/room, and tailor your search around it. Some of the favorite key pieces from our inventory are fireplace mantels, chandeliers / large light fixtures, decorative pieces like art or stained glass windows, entrance doors, or even bars

Let’s say you are looking for a fireplace mantel, browse our fireplace category, take down the numbers of mantels you like the most, and contact our knowledgeable sales team for detailed information before even visiting our showrooms in New York or Connecticut

Antique Fireplace Mantel Collection
We have a large selection of antique fireplace mantels


PATIENCE WILL PAY OFF

Rome was not built in one day either


Together, we can certainly find the missing pieces to your “perfect home”. But should your search take a little longer than expected, remember these are unique antiques with rich history yet limited quantities. Please let us know what you want/need and we’ll keep our eyes and ears open to bring you the irreplaceable artifacts you desire for your home. And before you know it, you will be entertaining like Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka in YOUR home.
We also have antique bars and store interiors for your projects.

Are you ready to find the key pieces for your home?
Start your search now!




Jan 20, 2018

Let's bring some color into your life!

With winter in full swing in the tri-state area, one can only dream of the warm and "colorful" days of summer. But don't despair, we have plenty of stained-glass windows to brighten your days until sunshine returns. And remember, if antique windows are not quite right, you may just want to settle for antique and vintage lighting, from crystal chandeliers and wall sconces to lanterns and ceiling fixtures. Please take a look at the image below or contact us to inquire. You may also visit our website to view all of our irreplaceable artifacts.



1. Vintage Stained-glass Window with Abstract Design
2. Antique Keyhole-shaped Window | 3. Stained-glass Window with Angel Face
4. Romanesque Revival-style Window
5. Stained-glass Window from Surrogate Court in Brooklyn, NY


Oct 24, 2017

An Upper East Side Favorite has closed down but ...



We are ecstatic to announce that the interior of the old 90th Street Pharmacy (on the corner of Madison Ave) in the Upper East Side of New York City has been carefully removed by our experienced crew and is now looking for a new place to call "home". 

It is indeed a rarely available opportunity to acquire a full vintage pharmacy interior. Fine old original wood is seen in the floor to ceiling built-in cabinetry with glass shelving, free-standing glass front display cabinets, upper cabinets with sliding glass doors and original ladder rail, lower cabinets with interior shelving, ample drawer space and glass front display counters. Beautiful period details are seen throughout. Would be perfect in any number of retail interiors to invoke an old world charm.

Please feel free to visit our website or contact us for more details about this pharmacy.


Jun 28, 2017

Another Victorian House faces demolition



While this house may look ordinary on the outside after several rounds of remodeling, the inside tells a different story, and several details and the Victorian Fireplace mantels remain intact.

If you or anyone you know can use some nicely carved Victorian Fireplace mantels in nice hardwoods and a matching pair of Carrara marble mantels, then this is an opportunity to be utilized now. We are imminently starting deconstruction. In addition to the fireplace mantels there is a coffered ceiling with carved beams, a set of over 20 very well made turned porch posts, a good batch of 5 horizontal raised panel doors, several different types of wooden flooring, moldings and crown molding, one flight of an unusual style handrails, balustrade and newel posts, a set of bookcases, a vintage wooden workbench, several radiators, 1960's exit lights, approx. 20 sq. of hand cut slate single roofing, and more.

If you are interested to see all the items from this property, please visit our website or contact us for more details.



Nov 2, 2015

United Charities Building is being converted ...

The United Charities Building on Park Avenue was designed by R. H. Robertson and built in 1893 by John S. Kennedy. It is one of the last surviving single user buildings left in New York City that has been in continuous use by its original owners from the time it was built. This historic property was recently sold to a Fund that will be converting it into a residential dwelling and extending the building's height. As their plan is to modernize the interior, they will not be retaining any of the original architectural elements inside. Demolition Depot has been commissioned to re-purpose all of the pieces and find new homes for them.

Original pieces used in the building can easily be re-applied to the same purpose for anyone wanting to recreate a late 19th century office interior. The conference room is intact and features a well-maintained large stained glass ceiling and the original conference table. Other features include cast iron elevator surrounds, which were discovered to be copper plated as paint was being removed from the surface. These can be used as mirror frames, doorway surrounds and so on. 


The many elements being saved from this building will make an impressive and highly memorable contribution to any residential or commercial project. Additional pieces are being removed as we speak. Please let us know if you, or anyone you know, has a use for any of these pieces. The pictures above show a small selection of what this project is yielding, but feel free to contact us for more information.

Oct 27, 2015

Look everyone, we’re on TV!

The Best Show Ever with Neil Patrick Harris recently needed an antique bar for an Old West act and they looked to Demolition Depot to provide just the right piece. Check out this clip (toward the end of the scene) to see our bar and back bar play a great supporting role.



It’s not the first time Demolition Depot has assisted Mr. Harris with a project. In their March 2015 issue, Architectural Digest featured the loving restoration of a Harlem townhouse into an ideal home for him and his family, and mentioning Demolition Depot as one of the sources providing period interior elements for the home. 


Aug 17, 2015

Victorian Back Bar with Marble Columns



Return to an era of unparalleled craftsmanship and elegance with this very scarce, third quarter 19th century Victorian back bar from an old New York City tavern. Made of old growth quarter sawn oak, it features carved egrets surrounding the beveled side mirrors and rarely seen marble columns. A bar of this age and quality is truly unique. This piece has undergone a recent restoration and is in excellent, fully operational condition. Just removed from its last location, it can go back into service immediately. The back bar measures 195"(W) 111"(H) 22.25"(D). Customization and installation services available. Please contact us for more information!


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