A large Renaissance style walnut chimneypiece, intricately carved in high relief. The panelled frieze, embellished with scrolling floral vines centred by a grotesque mask, is flanked with a pair of lion mask endblocks. The tapering pilaster jambs of traditional Jacobean Gothic design are resting on stepped footblocks. The chimneypiece has a tall pyramidal trumeau made in our workshops from original antique walnut.
The chimneypiece is shown with a pair of beautifully carved beechwood Heraldic beasts a Lion and an Antelope. Each holds a scrolled cabuchon and is mounted on the shelf above the endblocks.
The Lion and Antelope are incorporated into the Coat of Arms of the City of Manchester in North West England. Theis pair were originally part of a set together with a plaque of the Coat of Arms and were probably from one of the City’s municipal buildings. The Coat of Arms was granted to the City in 1842 and was derived from the arms of Henry IV.
English, 1840s and later elements.
Note: Heraldic Beasts ex SNo 13297.
102cm wide by 46cm deep at the top of the trumeau.