Building Blocks

From ancient stone columns to Baroque period wooden doors, we’ve dug deep and found five architectural discoveries brought back to life.

1 Peak of Chic
In Victorian England, many a chimney was topped with decorative architectural elements, which added height and visual flourish. These circa-1880 salt-glazed pottery chimney toppers (30" high, 15" wide) feature a crenellated castle-like motif, making a humble dwelling appear downright noble. $900 for the pair, Croft Antiques, 11 S. Main St., Southampton, 631-283-6445,

2 Tall Order
This 19th-century composite-stone column (46½" tall, 13" diam.) hints at the Doric order but ultimately is its own design. The stately (and heavy) piece easily separates into three parts. $2,350, Georgica Creek Antiques, 332 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott, 631-537-0333,

3 reflective powers
You become a part of a city skyline when you catch your reflection in this hinged set of circa-1965 mirrors (52¼" high, 30" wide). The panes are framed and set in gessoed faux bamboo, melding Art Deco and mid-century-modern styling. $2,700, 631-749-1811,

4 Panel Discussion
During the Baroque period, the great wooden doors of many Italian palazzi were adorned with carved wooden panels. This Northern Italian relief (17" tall, 13" wide) from the 18th century depicts a figure wearing a carnivale mask, a possible reference to the annual event in 
Venice. $650, La Maisonette, 

5 Cover the Bases
Four early-1960s pewter 
and bronze columns (16" 
tall, 10" deep; two are shown here) form a great base for 
a cocktail table. Each is 
painted with Chinese 
characters and signed by the father-and-son design team of Kelvin and Philip Laverne. $16,500 for all four, Mary Ann Lembo, 97 School St., 
Bridgehampton, 516-455-4152,