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Doors are more than simple entries to buildings- they are the most difficult challenge for an architect, and in miniature, an expression of the entire structure. These single bookends are reproductions of some of the greatest doors that were ever passed through.
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|Mackintosh Doorway- Glasgow School of Art,
This is a detail from the West Library Tower also featured in the catalogue. From the recessed keystone to the intricate stepped block-work, Mackintoshs West Door shows great originality in its composition. Its monumental structure resembles a fortress and yet it is also has a modern feel. Work such as this has influenced a whole generation of architects including Frank Lloyd Wright. Because of his links with Europe and specifically Germany, he became isolated from the establishment and was given little work after 1920. Only in the latter part of this century has his greatness been realised.
|Jane Austen Doorway
Jane Austen (1775 1817), spent a great deal of her adult life in Bath. She lived at No. 25 Gay Street from 1805 onwards. Many of her novels centre on Bath or are based on the social interaction of this 18th century city as the following illustrates: "Then forming his features into a set smile, and affectedly softening his voice, he added, with a simpering air, ''Have you been long in Bath, madam?''" Her individual wit, ironic style and elegance have never been surpassed when it comes to writing of this period. A must for literary enthusiasts.
|Royal Academy of Arts,
The doorway portrays Athena, the Greek Goddess of Knowledge, looking outwards, accompanied by the owl of wisdom. The carved keystone is part of the pedestrian archway leading into The Royal Academy Courtyard, Burlington House. The heavy wrought iron gate is accurately reproduced using a brass etched fret through which light will fall in precise shadow whether lit from in front or behind. This is a popular classic bookend originally commissioned by The Royal Academy from Timothy in 1996.
|Kensington Palace- Doorway
This doorway was the first of two commissions given to Timothy Richards featuring Kensington Palace. The Queens Doorway leads from the Royal Apartments to the private Gardens of King William and Queen Mary during the 17th century. The initials WM are shown entwined above the doorway on the central shield or "cartouche". This bold and flamboyant design typifies English Renaissance architecture. The bookend is marked not only with the split temple but also with the HRP mark which is the logo of The Historic Royal Palaces group. Only a select group of designers, who have been directly commissioned, are allowed to use this stamp.
This building in Manchester Square, London, houses one of the great private collections of the world built up over the 19th century by two generations of the Wallace family. Amongst the work is a large amount of French furniture, medieval armour, German carvings and many paintings including "The Laughing Cavalier". The urns of the bookend are cast in lead, while silk with gold organza forms a screen between the door and the back drapes. This is a beautiful bookend especially when the model is lit up from behind.
The present house was designed for the Duke of Marlborough in 1755 by a local architect of note, Stiff Leadbetter. The previous manor on which the house was built was leased to a succession of nobility including Catherine of Aragon, one of the six wives of King Henry VIII.
|National Portrait Gallery,
London has so many great landmark buildings it is often difficult to choose between them. However, this grand design is eminently worthy of inclusion. Within The National Portrait Gallery are the portraits of the great, the good and the not so good, from present times to Tudor England. The three founding fathers look out from the wreathed niches whilst the lion and unicorn guard the double door entrance. This is a classic bookend often chosen to pair with the Royal Academy bookend.
|10 Downing Street,
A most notable address and possibly the most photographed and famous front door of any politician in the western world. No. 10 Downing Street has been synonymous with British politics throughout three centuries and home to successive Prime Ministers whether at peace or at war. From Pitt to Churchill, Wellington to Thatcher, they have all crossed this threshold a thousand times. The bookend is a must for anyone who admires the British political system, one of the oldest democracies in the world.
|Hotel Central, early 20th
The swirling organic lines of Art Noveau surround this doorway from Prague. At the turn of the century this sensual style was sweeping through Europe from Brussels to Paris, London to Spain and then across the Atlantic to North America and Canada. This well worked example shows the excitement and energy of the style. This piece has proved to be surprisingly popular. Slightly exotic and very entertaining.
|Victoria and Albert
This is a wonderful bookend with a great story and strong design and has always been popular. This complex entrance includes the statues of Queen Victoria above and Prince Albert below. This museum of decorative art and design was first opened to the public in 1852 following the success of Londons Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace. It was based on the Victorian cultural ideal "to extend the influence of science and art on productive industry"; one of the worlds great museums.