GOTHIC, RENAISSANCE & JACOBEAN ANTIQUE FIREPLACES

A large selection of Renaissance, Gothic and Jacobean antique fireplaces, chimneypieces and mantels in wood, stone and marble.

  • Stock: 12576

    " AWAY TO NEWMARKET " This delicately carved oak Jacobean chimneypiece is attributed to the provenance of the original Royal Palace built by King James Ist in Newmarket in 1606-10, from which time Newmarket became the “Resort of Kings “as the centre of horse racing which is still known as “ The Sport of Kings “. The Royal Palace was the smallest of King James's palaces and cost £ 20,000 to build.

    James Ist was the first to import an Arab stallion into England for racing. Later, around 1724, three Arab stallions were imported and crossbred with English mares to produce the thoroughbred horse from which all thoroughbred horses worldwide are descended...The original horses were named after their owners: the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Arabian and the Byerley Turk.

    The first Newmarket Royal Palace built by James I from which this chimneypiece orginates was succeeded by another palace built by James' grandson Charles II of which the present Palace House is the surviving element.

    Please note the image of an advert published in 1934 from Hotspur Antiques which advertises this same chimneypiece as being " from a Stuart King's palace near Newmarket, Suffolk" The original 1606-10 Royal Newmarket Palace was neglected and later destroyed during the Commonwealth / Republic period of Oliver Cromwell. The chimneypiece would have gone into royal custody. It was bought by us on the Isle of Wight where it's provenance was believed to be that it came from a house on the Osborne estate of Queen Victoria.

    Shown with 12570, a 19th century Clipsham fossil stone, Jacobean Revival interior / bolection. English, early 17th century.

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    width height depth
    External 104 1116"
    266 cms
    95 1116"
    243 cms
    8 1116"
    22 cms
    Internal 76 1316"
    195 cms
    54 78"
    139.5 cms
  • Stock: 12311

    A large High Victorian carved oak chimneypiece in the Italian Renaissance manner. The straight shelf with repeating carved acanthus leaf detail over dentil mouldings over lamb's tongue carved detail. Under this is the panelled frieze and endblocks with symbolic carved detail in each panel depicting the four seasons: Putti for Spring, a Venerable Sage for Winter, flanking the long central panels with high relief carved cornucopia of fruit and other products of the land. The jamb panels carved with land game on the one side and fish on the other. English, circa 1880.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 84 58"
    215 cms
    67 78"
    172.5 cms
    12 38"
    31.5 cms
    Internal 28 14"
    72 cms
    44 18"
    112 cms
  • Stock: 12511

    An unusual boldly carved oak chimneypiece in the Neo Gothic manner of A.W.N. Pugin (1812-1852). The contoured shelf over the open clover leaf frieze, flanked by typical Pugin oak leafage decoration, supported on multi column jambs. Image before restoration and polished revival.
    English, mid 19th century.

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    width height depth
    External 61 58"
    156.5 cms
    60"
    152.5 cms
    12 58"
    32 cms
    Internal 42 18"
    107 cms
    43 78"
    111.5 cms
  • Stock: 12430

    AN IMPOSING LARGE CARVED OAK WOOD CHIMNEYPIECE in the English Renaissance / Jacobean Revival manner. The broad shelf carved with vine leaves and grapes, over the frieze carved from the solid with typical scrolling strapwork centred by an oval medallion, flanked on either side by twin plain pilasters topped with gadrooned capitals. The opening is contained within a slow medieval arch centred by a small keystone. English, mid to late 19th century.

    Provenance: Removed from a substantial 19th century house in Bristol.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 77"
    195.5 cms
    52"
    132 cms
    10 58"
    27 cms
    Internal 47 58"
    121 cms
    35 38"
    90 cms
  • Stock: 12121

    A Large Jacobean Period Carved Oak Chimneypiece & Overmantel with its original dark patinated finish.The overmantel with cluster columns and arched panels above the deep panelled fireplace frieze set with four substantial fearsome masks on the fireplace frieze all raised on flattened reeded pilaster jambs.
    English circa 1650.

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    width overall height depth
    external 81 14"
    206.5 cms
    97 316"
    247 cms
    7 1116"
    19.5 cms
    internal 58 18"
    147.5 cms
    44 1116"
    113.5 cms
  • Stock: 12118

    A finely carved oak chimneypiece and overmantel in the English Renaissance Elizabethan manner. The gadrooned cornice is set above the many panelled overmantel. This series of panels of varying formats carved with Vitruvian scroll and other period decoration with spirally supported shelves either side. The two main panels showing a noblewoman with a captured dragon facing satyrs. Beneath the well-proportioned shelf with double Guilloche carved detail on the frieze between and Venetian styled capitals, the carved panels on the jambs open to reveal shelves within.

    Provenance: A small oval brass plate attached at the back with the details Hewetson, Milner & Thexton Ltd, House Furnishers, Tottenham Court Road, London.
    English, late 19th century.

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    width overall height depth
    81 12"
    207 cms
    100 38"
    255 cms
    13"
    33 cms
    48 1316"
    124 cms
    36 58"
    93 cms
  • Stock: 12006

    A large period Italian Renaissance Chimneypiece in Istrian marble. The frieze carved in high relief with scrolling foliage interspersed with winged cherubs on stylised seahorses either side of a central circular medallion with Hercules slaying an opponent, flanked by figures of putti and winged figures on the corners. The jambs also profusely carved with typical arabesque designs. Venetian, 17th-18th century.

    Provenance: By repute from Warwick Castle, a partly medieval castle built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, altered and added to during all the succeeding centuries.

    NOTE : Istrian marble from the Istrian peninsular, which borders Italy, Croatia and Slovenia on the Adriatic sea, is sometimes referred to as Istrian stone and was much used in Renaissance Veneto, Venice etc.

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    width height depth
    External 85 38"
    217 cms
    72 58"
    184.5 cms
    13"
    33 cms
    Internal 56 14"
    143 cms
    56 14"
    143 cms
  • Stock: 8893

    A Venetian Renaissance Revival Chimneypiece richly carved in Breccia marble. The deeply moulded serpentine shelf over the high relief carved frieze centered by a central floral cartouche flanked by florally decorated panels and scrolled bearded masks of Venetian noblemen supported on substantial, moulded jambs and plinths.
    Italian, late 19th century.

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    width height depth
    external 76 58"
    194.5 cms
    58 1116"
    149 cms
    10 58"
    27 cms
    internal 49 58"
    126 cms
    46 78"
    119 cms
  • Stock: 11804

    A large carved oak chimneypiece in the Italian Renaissance Revival manner. The wide moulded shelf sits over the barrel frieze which is carved with floral designs and strapwork and flanked by lion masks at each end. This is supported on scrolled capitaled fluted columns with typical carved lower sections in the Venetian manner. The under frieze between these is carved in three stylised floral panels. With restorations. Mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 75"
    190.5 cms
    67 316"
    170.8 cms
    13 1316"
    35 cms
    Internal 34 14"
    87 cms
    36 58"
    93 cms
  • Stock: 11793

    A carved limestone fireplace in the Neo Gothic manner with a steeple arch and with inset high relief carved detail reminiscent of Moorish design.The original register grate 11797 can be see in the second image.
    English, 1870.

    Link to: Antique Renaissance, Gothic Tudor Fireplace mantels and Chimneypieces: 1260 - 1600

    Width Height Depth
    Exterior 67 12"
    171.5 cms
    45 1116"
    116 cms
    12 38"
    31.5 cms
    Interior 40 316"
    102 cms
    35 58"
    90.5 cms
  • Stock: 11766

    A rare and extraordinary Italian Renaissance Mannerist marble chimneypiece. The deeply undercut serpentine shelf over the exquisitely carved frieze centeed by a Satyr's mask, surrounded with scrolled and extremely fine foliate decoration with large scrolled, angled and likewise deep undercut foliate end brackets over Arabesque decorated jambs descending to curved decorated footblocks. With restorations.
    Italian, circa 1680.

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    Width height depth
    External 63"
    160 cms
    53"
    134.5 cms
    15 1116"
    40 cms
    Internal 39 38"
    100 cms
    39 316"
    99.5 cms
  • Stock: 11746

    " THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE CONNECTION "
    A large richly carved Jacobean oak chimneypiece and over mantel.The later carved top rail ornamented with three protruding cartouches centred by shields carved with the letters P.D., E.D 1617, centred by crested twin scrolls and flower-headed finials. The carved details on the massive twin panelled overmantel are centred by putti masks within strapwork, separated by flanked female deities and faun side brackets, over three lion masks on the lintel on substantial supporting pilasters, carved with further female deities; one with a bird and the other with a lute above decoratively carved footblocks .Shown with the original 19th century Neo Gothic carved stone ingrounds. English, late 19th early 20th century.

    NOTES; This is a late 19th, early 20th century replica of the 16th century original in the Guildhall at Barnstaple in Devon, SW England. The original is reputed to have been " removed " from a property in Seville, Spain and brought to Devon in 1590 by a privateer from a pirate ship called 'The Prudence'. Devon was the main recruiting area for the “Westward Ho” crews in the build up of English sea power to join the Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch in the search for treasures of the orient and the New World. Penzance is in Cornwall, next county to Devon. Research ongoing.

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    width height depth
    89"
    226 cms
    107 18"
    272 cms
    11"
    28 cms
    46 12"
    118 cms
    46 12"
    118 cms
  • Stock: 11765

    SHAKESPEARE PRESENTED. An Arts & Crafts Tudor Gothic revival carved oak chimneypiece and overmantle with low relief carved detail in the Classical and Celtic manner. The main features being the central bronze patinated plaster center tablet on the overmantel depicting characters in Elizabethan costume in a scene from a Shakespearean play, flanked on either side, carved in wood in high relief, by two dancing minstrels playing flute, cymbal and bagpipes. Possibly by The Bromsgrove Guild. English late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 75"
    190.5 cms
    85 38"
    217 cms
    10 316"
    26 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    40 78"
    104 cms
  • Stock: 10886

    A carved Caen Stone Reformed Gothic Chimenypiece and Overmantel in the manner of Bruce James Talbert, architect, decorator 1838-1881. Its unusual and intriguing architectural format and detail, with carved pantiles on the three-sided pitched "roof " ovemantel hood being a great part of its charm. The upper frieze is carved in high relief with floral decoration as is the lower frieze which is flanked by Moorish window-styled alcoves, supported on Connemara Irish green marble columns with floral capitals. Further decoration is in scagliola flower designs.
    English, mid 19th century. Provenance known.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 76"
    193 cms
    86 58"
    220 cms
    12 38"
    31.4 cms
    Internal 43 316"
    109.8 cms
    39 78"
    101.4 cms
  • Stock: 9922

    An imposingly large chimneypiece and overmantel carved in oak in the Tudor / Jacobean Renaissance manner. Extremely tall and with intriguing imagery and motifs at the different levels which include a series of four carved owls interspersed with scallop shells and Tudor roses carved into the lower frieze. The owls frequently found in armorial bearings & associated with wisdom. The roses and shells were symbols or badges for Pilgrims to the East. The frieze is supported on two female Caryatids with abundant fruit headress and strapwork format below. The overmantel is composed of three typical Jacobean Panels with carved central Paterae, seperated by four female caryatids and lion masks, surmounted by the top fanned panels.These features bear a great resemblance to the chimneypiece and panelling in the Great Hall at Castle Ashby, see images and more details below.The 19th century red marble ingrounds are not original to the mantel, but we will extend them to fit.

    CONNECTIONS : The Chimneypiece and panelling in the Great Hall in Castle Ashby, Marquis of Northampton, have similar details and features and could have been the inspiration for 9922 made in the 19th century and later, integrating earlier 17th century elements. That one was formerly in the Canonbury Tower, Islington on the Northampton's estate..which formerly belonged to the Spencer family of Diana renown, also a hunting lodge for Henry XVIII. The Tower was from the 1950's until recently the Tower Theater..now rebuilding on the recently revealed remains of Shakespeares original Curtain Theater round the corner from Westland's.

    Built in 1509 as a country retreat for the Prior of St Bartholemew, Canonbury was acquired in 1590 by Sir John Spencer, Lord Mayor of London 1594-1595.His daughter eloped with a scion of the Compton family, latterley the Earls of Northampton who inherited the Tower when Spenser died. Sir John made many improvements, the fine panelling of the Spencer and Compton Oak Rooms are his work.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 109 38"
    278 cms
    146 18"
    371 cms
    12"
    30.5 cms
    Internal 80 1116"
    205 cms
    70 18"
    178 cms
  • Stock: 10189

    A RARE AND REMARKABLE ornate 19th century Renaissance-Mannerist Revival chimneypiece in reconstituted stone with four sentinel amorini supporting the shelf either side of a florally decorated frieze centered by a massive cartouche, flanked by Florentine male and female masks over panelled jambs inset with descending floral decoration with pairs of griffins either side. Italian/English, 19th century. The composition material used is being researched but is similar to the exotic mixtures used by the 19th century manufacturers of garden ornaments such as Blashfield, & Austin Seely.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 81 18"
    206 cms
    57 14"
    145.5 cms
    14"
    35.5 cms
    Internal 40 316"
    102 cms
    40 316"
    102 cms
  • Stock: 9466

    A remarkable carved stone Gothic Revival arched chimneypiece with the original handsome brass clock in the overarch.The chimneypiece with high relief carved detail in the manner of A.W.N.Pugin.
    English, 1812-1852. ( Image before restoration).

    The Clock: The florally engraved brass dial with Roman Numerals and with fusee mechanism, in working order. A fusee is a cone-shaped, grooved pulley used together with a barrel that contains a mainspring and a chain-driven, wire or gut cord operation system. Fusees were used on clocks as well as watches from the early 1500s to the early 1900s.
    Clockmakers : Joseph Penlington of Liverpool.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 66 78"
    170 cms
    76 1316"
    195 cms
    11"
    28 cms
    Internal 36 316"
    92 cms
    36 316"
    92 cms
  • Stock: 10837

    A very large and dramatically carved oak 19th century Chimneypiece in the 16th century Venetian Renaissance manner. The massive structure stands on full length oblong white veined Rouge de Rance red marble footblocks with substantial moulded ingrounds in the same marble above a hearth inlaid with St Annes marble panels. The overall concept and decoration is very much in the tradition of the architecture and Caminos to be found in the Palazzo Ducale in St Marks Square in Venice and somewhat in the manner of a design by Giulio Romano. See images below. Italian, mid 19th century.

    INTRIGUING PROVENANCE : Ashley Manor, Myrtle Grove,County Waterford in the Irish Republic, until recently a Convent… The property is the original 15th century preferred comfortable windowed house lived in by Sir Walter Raleigh and is owned by Lord Swarsbrick near the Duke of Devonshires estate..Lismore castle which was Raleighs Official residence being 10 miles away. Raleigh, who founded the first English colony at Roanoake in Virginia brought the potato back and it was first planted here, also the fabled instance when a servant threw a jug of water over him when he was smoking happened in Ashley Manor.

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    width height depth
    External 107 14"
    272.6 cms
    117 12"
    298.5 cms
    32 1116"
    83 cms
    Internal,marble. 55 78"
    142 cms
    50 1316"
    129 cms
  • Stock: 10419

    A RARE & LARGE PERIOD VENETIAN RENAISSANCE camino in carved limestone. The substantial top section with a stop-fluted gallery over the Vitruvian scrolled carved lintel supported on scrolled brackets over fluted jambs with lion paw feet on baluster footblocks. Italian circa 1660.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 96 1116"
    245.5 cms
    78 1116"
    200 cms
    23"
    58.5 cms
    Internal 68 1116"
    174.5 cms
    61 38"
    156 cms
  • Stock: 10527

    A richly carved antique limestone chimneypiece in the Arts & Crafts Neo Gothic manner, with moulded shelf above a carved Shakesperian quotation: "Here we will sit and let the sound of music creep in our ears" from The Merchant of Venice; centred by scrolling floral motifs with further related high relief detail on the spandrels. All carved from the solid stone, the broad arch below supported on straight moulded jambs . English late 19th century.

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    width height depth
    External 63"
    160 cms
    62 58"
    159 cms
    11 316"
    28.5 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    40 316"
    102 cms
  • Stock: 10321

    AN IMMACULATE LARGE SOPHISTICATED CHIMNEYPIECE in the Italian Renaissance manner in black marble. The substantial moulded shelf breaks back at the ends and is broken by an arched niche containing a sculpted circular mask of a Bacchic maiden with vine leaves and grapes adorning her hair - in Rosso Antico red marble. A vine leaf and grape swag is festooned beneath a scrolled central plinth and flanked by acanthus leaf detail over fluted bars interspersed with pyramid lozenges, supported on splendid fluted columns under plain Tuscan capitals, descending to circular bases on square footblocks. Image before final restoration and repolishing. Italian 19th century. Shown with a matching 19th century decorative cast interior, SNo 10184, not included in the price.

    SCALE : Tall, wide and grand.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 82 1116"
    210 cms
    83 1116"
    212.5 cms
    18 14"
    46.5 cms
    Internal 50 316"
    127.6 cms
    59 12"
    151.1 cms
  • Stock: 10014

    A very large Tudor Gothic Revival chimneypiece in Painswick Limestone, possibly by T. H. Wyatt 1807-1880, a contemporary of Pugin. The frieze and canted ends are carved with nine Quatrefeuille under a concave moulded shelf with likewise nine carved floral motifs in the Pugin style of Oak leaves, over a Gothic arch with oakleaf carved spandrels.Shown in the last frame below with 10015, the original fire grate.

    Provenance: Wyke House, near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, home of the Hammond Family19th century cloth mill owners in Trowbridge, demolished in the 1950s.
    English, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 90 78"
    230.9 cms
    70 78"
    180 cms
    15 1116"
    40 cms
    Internal 55 18"
    140 cms
    43 78"
    111.4 cms
  • Stock: 9856

    A substantial and impressive Italian Renaissance chimneypiece possibly by Jacopo Sansovino 1486-1570, in extraordinary intricately polychromed fossil, Lumachella Bigia di Verona marble. The large contoured frieze cantilevered out and supported on massive scrolled jambs descending to Lion Paw feet.
    Italian, 16th century.

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    Width Height
    External 78 14"
    199 cms
    77 316"
    196 cms
    Internal 52"
    132 cms
    60 58"
    154 cms
  • Stock: 9630

    THE SHAKESPEARE CHIMNEYPIECE, Circa 1880.
    A truly delightful and richly carved Oak chimneypiece and overmantel depicting scenes & characters from the plays of William Shakespeare for whom the drama held far greater importance than historical fact. Two carved images of him can be seen to left & right at the top of the overmantel. Beneath the circular inset brass working clock by Barry of Edinburgh, the overmantel is dominated by a scene from Richard III, one of Shakespeare's earliest plays written between 1591-1593 & argued by some to be his masterpiece.

    1. The Overmantel
    Central Panel: 'Richard III' Act 1 Scene II
    A messenger arrives with orders from the Regent, later to be crowned Richard III, that the young Prince Richard is to leave his mother Queen Elizabeth, widow of deceased Edward IV, and for his safety join his brother Prince Edward, the as yet uncrowned heir to the throne, in sanctuary in The Tower of London. Queen Elizabeth & the Archbishop of York knowing that the Regent wants the throne for himself are greatly dismayed & fear for all their lives.
    Archbishop: "Here comes a messenger. What news ?"
    Messenger: "Such news, my lord, as grieves me to unfold."
    Queen Eliz: "Ay me, I see the downfall of our house."

    The brothers became known as 'The Princes in The Tower' and their ultimate fate is unknown though it is strongly held that Richard, their uncle and appointed Protector after the death of their father Edward IV, had them murdered to secure his own place on the throne of England. He was crowned on 6th July 1483 after Parliament, through the act Titulus Regius, had their parents marriage declared null & void on the grounds that Edward had been engaged to another at the time of the marriage, a legally binding contract, & that therefore the two Princes were illegitimate.The small cameo on the frieze below could well represent Prince Edward, very briefly King Edward V of England in 1483

    2. The righthand panel depicts a scene from 'King Lear' and to the left
    3. A scene from the play ' Two Gentlemen of Verona' .
    4. The panel beneath them to the right of the frieze depicts Shylock in a scene from
    'The Merchant of Venice.' Act 1 - Scene 3
    Shylock: "You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine, And all for use of that which is mine own. Well then, it now appears you need my help; Go to, then; you come to me, and you say ' Shylock, we would have moneys ' . You say so - You that did void your rheum upon my beard "
    5. The lefthand panel depicts Sir John Falstaff & The Prince of Wales in a scene from
    ' Henry IV ' ( Pt 1) Act 2 - Scene 4
    Prince: "Do thou stand for my father, and examine me upon the particulars of my life ?"
    Falstaff: " Shall I ? Content ! This chair shall be my state, this dagger my sceptre, and this cushion my crown."
    Prince: " Thy state is taken for a join'd stool, thy golden sceptre for a leaden dagger, and thy precious rich crown for a pitful bald crown !"

    The Chimneypiece:
    6. The central frieze on the chimneypiece depicts a scene from
    ' The Taming of the Shrew ' Act 2 Scene 1
    Baptista, a rich man of Padua, with two daughters, Katherine (The Shrew) & Bianca, is petitioned by two suitors for Bianca's hand but tells them Bianca will not be allowed to marry before Katherine, they replied that no one would ever marry a devil like her & they leave. They meet up with Lucentio, secretly in love with Bianca, & later with Petruchio who is hoping to marry a rich man’s daughter & together they pursade him to court Katherine leaving them free to woo Bianca.
    The panel depicts Gremio, Petruchio, & Tanio (standing in for Lucentio who doesn't want to reveal himself ) petitioning Baptista.
    Petruchio: " And you, good sir! Pray, have you not a daughter Call'd Katharina, fair and virtuous? "
    Baptista tells Petruchio that he must be crazy to want to woo Katherine but Petruchio after confirming that she will have a substantial dowry assures him:
    Petruchio: " Why, that is nothing ; for I tell you father, I am as peremptory as she proud-minded; And where two raging fires meet together They do consume the thing that feeds their fury:"
    Baptista: " Well mayst thou woo, and happy be thy speed! But be thou arm'd for some unhappy words."
    After much verbal battle between the pair they fall in love and Katherine is tamed
    Petruchio: " Father, 'tis thus ; yourself and all the world, That talk'd of her, have talk'd amiss of her:... For she's not froward, but modest as the dove; ....And to conclude, we have 'greed so well together, That upon Sunday is the wedding-day."
    Katherine: " ..Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee, ... To watch the night in storms, the day in cold, Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe; And craves no other tribute at thy hands But love, fair looks and true obedience; "
    Petruchio: " Why, there's a wench ! Come on, and kiss me, Kate."
    .... and all ends well.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 14"
    186.2 cms
    98 316"
    249.5 cms
    11"
    28 cms
    Internal 39"
    99 cms
    40"
    101.5 cms
  • Stock: 9380

    A large Yorkstone Tudor Gothic chimneypiece with boldly carved , high relief grapevines centered by a Tudor Rose shield on the frieze, further roses, acorns and oak leaves carved into the spandrels, and on the footblocks. With later shelf.
    English mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 77 316"
    196.2 cms
    60 38"
    153.5 cms
    9 14"
    23.5 cms
    Internal 51 58"
    131 cms
    40 1116"
    103.5 cms
  • Stock: 7807

    LONGSTAFF FAMILY CHIMNEYPIECE: A finely carved small but tall Jacobean Renaissance Revival chimneypiece & overmantel in Derbyshire fossil stone with the coat of arms of the Longstaff Family, who financed the Sir Ernest Shackleton and Scott's Antarctic Expeditions in 1914. The family motto "VIGILATE" carved along the frieze. With restorations.
    English, dated 1892.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61"
    154.9 cms
    85"
    216 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 29 12"
    75 cms
    42 1116"
    108.5 cms
  • Stock: 8970

    A large Arts and Crafts stone chimneypiece in the Tudor manner, with very fine carved detail on the frieze depicting wood nymphs playing instruments with cornucopia, scrolled floral and mask decoration. Carving also low down on the faceted jambs depicting further mythical creatures.
    English, circa 1890, ( photo before restoration ).

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    Width Height Depth
    External 72 1316"
    185 cms
    53 14"
    135.3 cms
    9 18"
    23 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    36 58"
    93 cms
  • Stock: 6341

    " The Hunters Chimneypiece". An exceptional high relief carved arched marble chimneypiece with rich adornment. The 'pre-crust' breakfront shelf over a massive Wild Boars head central cartouche, with scrolled floral decoration on the frieze panels and end returns, scrolled inverted acanthus corbals of fluted column with Ionic capitals, bunches of grapes and vine leaves on the spandrels and wildfowl hanging from the angled side returns. Italian mid 19c.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 70 18"
    178 cms
    49 316"
    125 cms
    18 18"
    46 cms
    Internal 35"
    89 cms
    39 38"
    100 cms
  • Stock: 8467

    A rare and extraordinary Italian Renaissance Mannerist marble chimneypiece. The deeply undercut serpentine shelf over the exquisitely carved frieze centered by a Satyr's mask, surrounded with scrolled and extremely fine foliate decoration with large scrolled, angled and likewise deep undercut foliate end brackets over Arabesque decorated jambs descending to curved decorated footblocks. With restorations.
    Italian, circa 1680.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63"
    160 cms
    53"
    134.5 cms
    17 1116"
    45 cms
    Internal 39 38"
    100 cms
    39 316"
    99.5 cms
  • Stock: 9123

    CAMINO IN LEGNO DI NOCE, STILO SCOLPTORI SALVATORE VALENTI , PALERMO , SICILIA:
    A richly carved Neo Renaissance Walnut chimneypiece in the manner of Salvatore Valenti , an Italian sculptor active in Palermo, Sicily 1835-1903.The boldly scaled decorative features of florally scrolled Griffin panels either side of the central coat of arms under a seated male griffin, with Bacchanalian Satyr masks on either end over maidenheaded scrolled caryatids.
    Italian late 19th century, ( photo before restoration).

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    Width Height Depth
    External 65 78"
    167.5 cms
    63 38"
    161 cms
    14 1316"
    37.5 cms
    Internal 36 316"
    92 cms
    40 58"
    103 cms
  • Stock: 9061

    THE KIRKDALE MANOR CHIMNEYPIECE.
    A rare and splendid carved oak and stone English Renaissance Jacobean Revival chimneypiece almost identical to the one from The Old Palace, Bromley By Bow, built circa 1606 reputed to be the Hunting Lodge of King James I and whose Heraldic Coat of Arms are on the overmantel. The original firpeplace is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington - see image attatched.
    This Jacobean Revival version is made to the same massive scale, and is also intricately carved with the same delightful features, the Ionic capitals over the pilaster jambs supporting a bolection moulded frieze of intricate strapwork and lion heads punctuated by caryatids, supporting two fluted niches divided by Ionic fluted columns. On this KIRKDALE MANOR version is the Heraldic Coat of Arms of the Beckett Family, whose house it was, and their Motto in Latin "PRODESSE CIVIBUS", beneath a Boars Head symbolising hunting, feasting and plenty, under a jutting strapwork cresting.
    The stone interior beautifully carved in high relief with the same pair of confronted Peregrine Falcons centered by an urn, amongst scrolling acanthus flanked by the winged lions, the inner frame of beading and acanthus leaves, the jambs with inner fluting and basal panelling,.
    English circa 1890. ( photo before restoration, cleaning and re-polishing ).

    PROVENANCE : We have recently carefully removed this dazzling example of English Renaissance Revival carved pageantry together with the complete panelled room, some of which we beleive to be part of the original Old Palace panelling , see stock no 9063, from Kirkdale Manor, Nawton, North Yorkshire which was built for the Beckett family shortly after the removal of the original fireplace from The Old Palace Bromley by Bow , in 1894, after great public outcry, orchestrated by Charles Robert Ashbee, against the demolition of The Old Palace and the later relocation of the chimneypiece first to THE SOUTH KENSINGTON MUSEUM (which steel framed structure was dismantled and relocated to Bethnal Green ) then to the V & A Museum when it opened on the South Ken site in 1906.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 111 1316"
    284 cms
    141 1116"
    360 cms
    8 78"
    22.5 cms
    Internal 74"
    188 cms
    54 18"
    137.5 cms
  • Stock: 8959

    A most striking and impressively large Flemish, High Renaissance style chimneypiece in polished fossil black and red Griotte marble. The fluted frieze richly decorated with ten patinated cast bronze lions heads over urn and dolphin and griffin paterae and griotte marble faceted lozenges, over large carved brackets supported on handsome Griotte columns topped with bronze Corinthian capitals descending to ornate bronze sleeves on high shaped socles. The interior with the original ornate bronze trimmed insert and cast iron fireback.
    Flemish dated 1886.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 88 316"
    224 cms
    79 18"
    201 cms
    25 316"
    64 cms
    Internal 45"
    114.2 cms
    59 14"
    150.5 cms
  • Stock: 8385

    An impressive large Victorian, Gothic Revival antique fireplace mantel in old English marble, the moulded shelf over trefoil decorated frieze and jamb panels, the 'slow peaked' arch with floral spandrels.
    English, circa 1860.

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    width height depth
    external 81"
    205.7 cms
    52"
    132.1 cms
    12"
    30.5 cms
    internal 40 316"
    102.2 cms
    37 12"
    95.2 cms
  • Stock: 8559

    ROMAN LIONS: A spectacularly large scale and glorious limestone, antique fireplace and overmantel in the richest Italian Renaissance manner, the form and features showing direct inspiration from Pagan Ancient Rome in the double lions heads under the four finely carved scrolled brackets supporting the double breakfronted shelf and the massive lion paw feet above the footblocks, supporting the fabulously detailed undercarved overmantel, other motif decoration including egg and dart, Vitruvian scrolling and palmettes.
    Late 19th early 20th century.

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    width height depth
    external 129"
    327.7 cms
    125"
    317.5 cms
    32"
    81.3 cms
    internal 63"
    160 cms
    65"
    165.1 cms
  • Stock: 7926

    An impressive richly carved walnut troubador antique fireplace with spiral carved columns and floral entwined capitals beneath a Gothic Revival trellised overmantel, centered by a dramaticly carved high relief arched centrepiece, depicting Henry II of France & Chevalier Montgomerie jousting.
    French, circa 1850 - probably earlier, (photo before final restoration).

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    width height depth
    external 67"
    170.2 cms
    91"
    231.1 cms
    23"
    58.4 cms
    internal 39"
    99.1 cms
    41 1116"
    106 cms
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The term Renaissance, used here, covers other related periods, styles and regions.  Antique Italian Renaissance fireplaces for example are still to be found in the Palazzo’s and Villa’s of Venice and Florence.  Antique Gothic, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Tudor and Jacobean fireplace mantels can be found in many a great English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish & American Town or Country House or Palace.  During the 18th and 19th centuries the Neo Gothic, Renaissance, Jacobean and Tudor Revival Periods occured when a style or pastiche of a style became fashionable in traditional projects and this practice continues to the present day.

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