A covetable piece: Catalonian spiral stairs

Give your home a lift with this intricately-craved 19th century staircase from LAPADA dealer Geoffrey Stead

An antique piece doesn't have to be something small. It can be as grand as this impressive carved Spanish staircase that was made in Catalonia in the late 19th-century and chosen by LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers) as its object of the week.

Catalonia has a wood-carving tradition that stretches back to the 11th century when craftsmen churned out religious items, in particular large wooden crucifixes. Pine is the most common form of wood in the area and its burnt orange tones lend themselves to the folk-art feel of this set of stairs.

Reaching to just over 3.6m tall, the staircase would make a quirky feature in a tall room (if you are lucky enough to have ceilings high enough). Place it in a corner and use it as an ornate, overgrown coat rack perhaps. Alternatively, if you fancy some more major work at home, installing it properly would certainly be a step up for your stairway.

The staircase is currently for sale from LAPADA dealer Geoffrey Stead who started his career as an interior designer before segwaying into the antiques world. He now specialises in 17th to 19th-century European pieces and has this staircase available for £6,500.

Until 3rd July, you'll find Geoffrey exhibiting at The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia, at stand B22.

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