Salvo Fest

of imperfect beauty to celebrate Salvo’s Pearl Anniversary

BCA Matériaux Anciens

As BCA Matériaux Anciens recognises, France is famous for many things, from haute couture fashion to gastronomy and fine wines, and also right up there is France’s fine antique materials and architectural salvage. Influenced by its roots in the demolition industry, since 1995 BCA has sourced, and rescued antique materials for reuse.

Authenticity and character

An ambassador for truly reclaimed materials, BCA is about authenticity and character. Assisting architects, designers and private clients worldwide on projects ranging from historic homes and gardens to contemporary modern architecture and landscapes.

Cardinal Richelieu’s limestone bench
Reclaimed oak wagon board
Reclaimed antique oak boards – surface brushed
Reclaimed oak railway wagon board flooring
Reclaimed wide pine boards – brush-sanded
Antique French oak Versailles panels
Antique Haussmann parquet flooring
One unforgettable project here in the UK is 6a architects’ addition to the beautifully Brutalist Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. Cowan Court, the new halls of residence evokes the tone of the existing 60s brick-built buildings on the campus with old oak boards in their natural untreated state. BCA supplied 120 year old reclaimed timber from old railway carriage floors to clad Cowan Court.

Photos of Cowan Court: Johan Dehlin

Cowen Court- 6a architects
Antique reclaimed French oak floorboards – Pre-prepared for installing
reclaimed antique oak beams and joists
Antique reclaimed French oak herringbone parquet
Reclaimed French Oak chevron Parquet
Small Versailles panels in antique oak
Versailles panels in reclaimed teak 90cm x 90cm

Handy hints for happier hunting – Chat to David Akers about designing with salvage. David is BCA’s consultant partner, a qualified Architecte d’Intérieur, and a senior member of both the British Institute of Interior Designers (BIID) and France’s Union Nationale des Architectes d’Intérieur-Designers (UNAID).

Choose between stock yards and showrooms in the heart of Normandy (East of Caen) or the Maine & Loire (North-West of Angers), or travel through eras that mark the history of France through products and their patina, which is displayed well on the web.

BCA Matériaux Anciens
Head office in Loire Valley
Route de Craon – l’Hôtellerie-de-Flée
49500 Segré en Anjou Bleu

Normandy Showroom
RN 13 – 4 Avenue de Paris
14370 Méry-Corbon

Mery-Corbon Depot
Classic Louis XVI antique limestone fireplace
Monumental stone window surround
Antique Gothic limestone and oak fireplace
Antique limestone flooring with round cabochons
Antique limestone flagstone floors
Antique limestone cabochon floor
Reclaimed antique limestone flagstones
Reclaimed porphyry stone paving
Antique Reclaimed Grey Barr de Montpellier
Antique reclaimed Caen limestone floor
Reclaimed antique Blond Bar Flagstones
Antique Pierre de Bourgogne flagstones

Cardinal Richelieu’s Limestone bench

It is not often that a seventeenth century stone garden seat comes up for sale, and rarer still when it has a provenance connected to the world’s earliest prime minister, Cardinal Richelieu, noble, statesman and collector, and famously the anti-hero in Alexander Dumas book The Three Musketeers.

This antique limestone bench with known provenance from the lavish parks and water gardens created in the 17th century at the Château de Reul initially from 1606 to 1620 by Jean de Moisset and subsequently by the Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642) under Louis XIII’s reign. 

Measuring almost 19 feet in length the bench is one of the last vestiges of the château which pre-dated Versailles, but following decline were demolished with the land sub-divided after the French Revolution. The bench has come through 350 years outdoors in remarkable condition.

Cardinal Richelieu’s limestone bench
Cardinal Richelieu’s limestone bench
Antique French limestone cobbles
Small format French antique cobbles
Antique reclaimed parefeuille terracotta
Antique hexagonal terracotta
Antique French terracotta tiles 12x12cm
Antique French terracotta tiles 16x16cm
Reclaimed French flat roof tiles
Antique French limestone grand entrance steps
Antique French canal tiles
Classic Rose Corton stone antique mantel
Antique monumental Gothic French fireplace in granite
French farmhouse fireplace with cantilever
Antique Carrera marble fireplace
Antique French limestone wellhead with winding gear
Antique French fireplace in Empire style
Antique stone chateau well-head
Monumental antique French wall fountain
Monumental antique limestone well-head
Antique French limestone wall fountain
Antique trough fountain with double spout
Antique stone statue of cherubs
Antique limestone double horse troughs
Antique French limestone bridge parapets
Antique Limestone gateway pillars
Antique French limestone door surround
Antique French limestone door surround
Antique French limestone door surround

Live Chat


  1. Hi David thanks for joining in. Video looks professional. Hope you get results. Best Thornton

  2. Hi Thornton, yes the video is good, and that is just one (Méry Corbon) of our two depots

  3. just realised my mobile phone number isn’t indicated on the Salvofest BCA description. Week-end enquiries should call me on +33 607019026

    • Thanks David, we updated your page earlier

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