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.
Photos of Cowan Court: Johan Dehlin
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.
RN 13 – 4 Avenue de Paris
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.