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  • Stock: 14780

    A tall and finely made white Statuary Marble Georgian chimneypiece. The wide corniced shelf rests above the plain frieze which is centred by a tablet depicting Cupid seated on a lion being lead by a putti with other putti playfully restraining their progress. Flanking the frieze are laurel wreathed endblocks above fielded jambs with corbels in the form of stylised fern fronds terminating in bellflowers. This antique fireplace exudes the simple elegance characteristic of the period. English, circa 1790.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 74 1316"
    190 cms
    59 58"
    151.5 cms
    7 12"
    19 cms
    Internal 45 14"
    115 cms
    43 58"
    110.8 cms
  • Stock: 14629

    A large and impressive English Regency iron, steel and polished brass antique fire basket with a decorative stele crest backplate. The deep bow fronted grate, above a cut and linked medallion skirt, is supported by a pair of large brass standards formed as ribbon bound columns beneath lidded vase finials and raised on splendid lion claw feet. English, early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 39 1316"
    101 cms
    31 18"
    79 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Back width 26"
    66 cms

    Listed Price: £12,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14728

    A charming and imposing Louis XV style antique Rococo chimneypiece in Fleur de Pecher Marble with exceptional ormolu mounts by Francois Linke (1855-1946). The serpentine shelf rests above a panelled frieze centred with an applied ormolu shell cartouche, cushioned on trailing acanthus leaves, above a wide serpentine opening. The tapering, canted jambs, embellished with very fine applied ormolu female terms and with delicate ormolu foliate mounts at each foot, are supported on elegant footblocks. French, early 20th century.

    Notes: Francois Linke was a leading Parisian ébéniste of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and this fireplace was almost certainly commissioned by a client around that time. His signature can be clearly seen on the shoulder of the female term to the left.

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    width height depth
    External 84 58"
    215 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
    20 18"
    51 cms
    Internal 60 58"
    154 cms
    38 38"
    97.5 cms
  • Stock: 14727

    A rather grand Gothic Revival boldly carved Caen Stone antique Victorian chimneypiece with a Languedoc Marble shelf above a deeply carved frieze, featuring seven roundels of alternating quatrefoil and rosette motifs, flanked by large endblocks with carved arched niches centred with small shields. The jambs, framing the toothed arched opening, are fronted by twin pairs of free standing Burgundy coloured Rouge Antique Marble columns, with elaborately carved foliate capitals, each standing on a plinth raised on large footblocks.
    English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 96 18"
    244 cms
    61 1316"
    157 cms
    18 18"
    46 cms
    Internal 48"
    122 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
  • Stock: 14633

    A highly ornate antique stone fireplace surround in the Louis XV Baroque Rococo style exhuberantly carved throughout with abundant floral and foliate detail. The moulded shelf with bead and reel edging rests above an embellished serpentine frieze centred by a stylised palmette cartouche with floral trails flanked by scrolled acanthus corners. Small shell cartouche top tapering panels on the jambs which rest on sturdy footblocks.
    Photos before restoration. French mid to late 19th century.

    Shown here with replica fire grate SNo 10920 not yet on the website and not included in the price.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 62 38"
    158.5 cms
    46 78"
    119 cms
    17"
    43.3 cms
    Internal 50 18"
    127.3 cms
    34 58"
    88 cms
  • Stock: 13122

    An imposingly large Jacobean Revival cedar wood antique fireplace surround with an exquisitely inlaid over mantel. The projecting pediment of the upper register rests above a pair of strapwork panels beneath which are two high arched panels decorated with stylised ornate inlaid vases of flowers picked out in satinwood, mahogany, sycamore and ebony. The panels are set between three pairs of free standing, reeded columns with finely carved capitals terminating in tall strapwork feet. Beneath the over mantel is a fireplace surround, with a moulded shelf above a strapwok carved barrel undershelf, supported by a pair of tapering reeded jambs resting on tall footblocks.
    English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height overall Depth
    External 90 58"
    230 cms
    129 78"
    330 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 12 1316"
    32.5 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
  • Stock: 14553

    A fine and elegant Italian Carrara Marble antique chimneypiece with a richly embellished undershelf. The recessed frieze has a central panel carved with a reclining Venus, either side of which are two pairs of birds, each pair bearing a garland in their beaks. The endblocks are adorned with large Medusa Masks which set above engaged fluted columns with delicately carved capitals. These rest on five sided pillars and shaped footblocks.
    Italian, circa 1830.

    Shown here with fire grate SNo 14629 not yet on the web.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 316"
    186 cms
    52 316"
    132.5 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms
    Internal 54 14"
    138 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
  • Stock: 4721

    A rare Venetian Gothic Renaissance antique fireplace mantel from the fifteenth century. This extremely rare chimneypiece is carved in Pietra d’Istria marble from the Istrian Peninsula near Venice and is attributed to Giorgio da Sebenico, sculptor of the Duomo San Francesco, Cathedral of Ancona, which features near identical images on the portal. Italian, circa 1460.

    Scale : Large.

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    width height depth
    external 78 1116"
    200 cms
    74"
    188 cms
    34 14"
    87 cms
    internal 68 14"
    173.4 cms
    65 316"
    165.7 cms
  • Stock: 14166

    A pair of very fine and tall Italian Renaissance style brass figural andirons surmounted by figures representing Roman Gods, one is of of Jupiter with his eagle the other of Juno with her peacock. They stand on ornate urns, embellished with cherub masks, held by pairs of small dolphins and are raised on pedestals above swagged cherub masks flanked by pairs of putti. Each is supported by large pairs of fierce stylised dolphins on plinth feet. After models attributed to Alessandro Vittoria (1528-1608) a leading sculptor in late 16th century Venice.
    Italian, possibly French, late 19th century. Photo before final cleaning.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 14 58"
    37 cms
    31 12"
    80 cms
    9 18"
    23 cms

    Listed Price: £9,200 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 9137

    HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE

    An imposing, richly carved stone chimneypiece. Its carved shelf sits above a boldly carved egg and dart undershelf, beneath which is the grandly carved frieze centred by a family crest, from which radiates large palmette motifs. The crest bears the motto, “Honi soit qui mal y pense " ('Evil be to him who evil thinks). The jambs with classically styled panels of ribboned stemma nobiliare and eagles rest over pairs of mythical winged creatures on claw fee, very much in the Florentine manner.



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    Width Height Depth
    External 95 14"
    242 cms
    71 18"
    180.5 cms
    15 78"
    40.5 cms
    Internal 52 316"
    132.7 cms
    52 316"
    132.5 cms
  • Stock: 14547

    A pair of large 19th century Carrara Marble Italian garden sculptures of playful Putti riding and cavorting with Billy Goats, holding aloft bunches of grapes and garlands of vine leaves and standing on rusticated bases mounted on the original plinths decorated with egg and dart cornice tops and moulded bases.
    Italian, mid 19th century.

    Provenance: Purportedly to have been originally in the grounds of the Rushbrooke Hall Estate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk a moated stately home with a large ornamental garden which was owned for many years by the Jermyn family. In 1938 the estate was taken over by Victor, the 3rd Lord Rothschild (1910-1990) and in 1961 it was decided to demolish and rebuild the house. During the demolition, a fire devastated the building and the moated site and some of the formal gardens are all that remain. The Rothschild family continued in ownership of the estate until it was sold in 2015.

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    width height depth
    sculpture with plinth 58 14"
    148 cms
    29 18"
    74 cms
    16 18"
    41 cms
    sculpture only 36 316"
    92 cms
    29 18"
    74 cms
  • Stock: 10851

    A large English Regency marble sundial and baluster pedestal in the Baroque manner. The 18th century base is finely carved in Statuary Marble with egg and dart detail around the top, deep spiral fluting around the baluster form body and acanthus leaf and scrolled decoration carved around the lower section. The whole raised on a circular socle. The sundial itself is 17th century, with a circular equation of time graph on its face.
    English, 17th - 18th century.

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    diameter height
    Diameter 19 1116"
    50 cms
    48 1316"
    124 cms

    Listed Price: £12,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14414

    An imposing and profusely carved French Baroque style fireplace surround in lightly veined white Carrara Marble with an upper coffered stop fluted frieze and stepped entablature above an arched egg and dart band.

    The fine quality clock, set within an arched niche framed by a foliate edged band above the garlanded frieze, strikes the hour and the half hour on a single bell. The clock face has gilt Roman numerals on a marble bed within a gilt egg and tongue frame. The delicately pierced hands are finely engraved with foliate detail and the clock is stamped on the movement Bailly Sr De Weibel, Breveté S.G.O.G. A Lyon.

    The opening is edged with a finely carved leaf and berry band and the jambs each have two tapering, garlanded grotesque terms to the front and the sides terminating in large lion claw feet resting on stepped footblocks. Shown here with andirons SNo12527 not included in the price.
    French, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 66 78"
    170 cms
    60 316"
    153 cms
    21 14"
    54 cms
    Internal 37"
    94 cms
    36 316"
    92 cms
  • Stock: 14374

    A rare and monumental cast iron Coalbrookdale antique fire grate with an elaborately scrolled backplate featuring a playful goat peering over the rim. The substantial basket, with a strapwork apron centred by a lion mask, is supported by a pair of large and powerful panther head standards. Provenance: ' 65 The Coalbrookdale Company registered September 6th 1841 number 814 ' - can clearly be seen on the back.
    English, early to mid 19th century.

    Notes: The Coalbrookdale Company, a foundry in Shropshire established in 1709, is probably most famous for building the world's first cast iron bridge erected and opened at Ironbridge in 1780, but it was also noted for its decorative ironwork an example of which are one of a set of gates opening into London's Hyde Park. The blast furnaces were closed down around 1820 but the foundries remained in use.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 35 1316"
    91 cms
    28 1116"
    73 cms
    16 12"
    42 cms
    Back width 22 1316"
    58 cms

    Listed Price: £8,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14249

    A most attractive French Regence Louis XVI columned antique fireplace surround in very fine black and gold veined Portoro Marble. The moulded shelf is set above a fluted and cushion panelled freeze which is flanked by a pair of lozenge endblocks resting on full round free standing columns fronting the jambs supported on stepped footblocks. French early to mid 19th century.
    Shown here with fire grate SNo 12497 now sold.

    Notes: Varieties of Portoro Marble have been found in different parts of the world but the marble used to make this chimneypiece is of the highest quality and could only have come from the quarries on the Island of Palmaria, in the Gulf of La Spezia, Italy. This marble was discovered and first extracted in Roman times and is rightly regarded worldwide as a luxury marble because of the high quality and the distinctive black and gold veining.

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    width height
    65 1116"
    167 cms
    46 18"
    117 cms
    16 12"
    42 cms
    38 1316"
    98.5 cms
    33 18"
    84 cms

    Listed Price: £22,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14432

    A complete carved oak wainscot panelled room recently removed from a large house in Lille in northern France close to the border with Belgium.

    The panelled suite includes a large Belgian Black Marble fireplace, a pair of full height doors and a set of six original late 19th century machine woven tapestries. The two sets of original windows, shown in situ in the images below, are not available but the panelled sections surrounding the window openings are and remain part of the whole suite. The doors and the window openings are surmounted by decorative carved friezes with highly ornate pediments flanked by tall pilasters. Further pilasters flank the overmantel mirror of original mercury plate above the fireplace and the mirror is surmounted by it's own richly carved pediment. The six late 19th century machine woven tapestries depicting various medieval rural pass-times are set above each section of panelling.

    The large and imposing Belgian Baroque style fireplace surround has a deeply moulded shelf above a panelled frieze with a central foliate panel flanked by swagged corbels, repeated on the side returns, above descending bellflower detail on the jambs over bold moulded footblocks. The opening is framed by inner slips with carved lambs tongue moulding and floral spandrels.
    French, circa 1880.

    Shown here with firegrate SNo 14446 not included in the price and fireback panels SNo 14125 now sold.

    Room Measurements:
    Width 19ft ( 5m 58cms)
    Depth 18ft 4ins (5m 80cms)
    Height 12ft 4ins (3m 73cms)


    Notes: Wainscot panelling is found lining the interior walls of rooms and hallways and usually forms the lower part of the walls.

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  • Stock: 14251

    A rare 19th century Statuary Marble and ormolu, gilded bronze, chimneypiece in the French Regency style with a large, exquisitely carved 18th century panel after Clodion (1738 – 1814).

    The fireplace, originally in the drawing room of Brook House located at 113 Park Lane in Mayfair London, was made to accommodate the extraordinary 18th century panel which was probably acquired during a Grand Tour.
    The panel depicts 'Le Triomphe d'Amphitrite' who can be seen in the centre riding a dolphin attended by putti, tritons(mermen) and nereids(mermaids). Finely applied ormolu, set beneath the cornice shelf and on the jambs and sides, frames the panel and there are intricately detailed ormolu rams heads and tumbling festoons adorning each jamb above which are corbels embellished with large ormolu acanthus leaves.
    Provenance: Brook House, Park Lane, Mayfair, London. English late 1860s.

    Notes on Amphitrite & Poseidon.
    Amphitrite was one of the fifty Nereids who were attendants of the sea-god Poseidon. On first seeing Amphitrite Poseidon fell deeply in love and ardently pursued her. When she fled his wooing he sent dolphins after her who finally persuaded her to return to become his bride. The bearded figure on the far right of the panel could well be Poseidon himself.

    Notes on Brook House.
    Brook House was built in the French style from 1867-1869 by the architect Thomas Henry Wyatt for Sir Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, the 1st Lord Tweedmouth. The interiors were designed by the renowned 19th century decorators Wright & Mansfield who were strongly influenced by French design. Please see photo below of the Brook House Drawing Room which shows the fireplace in situ. The photograph is courtesy of the Country Life Archives and was taken by Charles Latham in 1902 for The King Magazine and later included in 'London Interiors' written by John Cornforth and published by Country Life.

    Ernest Cassell, private banker to Edward VII, bought Brook House from Lord Tweedmouth in 1904 and lived there with his granddaughter Edwina Ashley who later became Countess Mountbatten when she married Louis Mountbatten in 1922. Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma was the uncle of the present Duke of Edinburgh. Their marriage was attended by the then King and Queen and the Prince of Wales and the reception was held in Brook House. The couple later moved into a suite on the third floor. The house was mostly demolished and rebuilt in 1933–5 with neo-Georgian designs similar to the neighbouring houses. Each floor had a single apartment and the Mountbatten's double-story penthouse, completed in 1937, was reached by a private, express elevator. The lower apartments were rented out and one of the early occupants was Harry Selfridge, who occupied an apartment there in 1936. The property was further remodelled in 1998 incorporating 16 new luxury apartments.

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    width height depth
    external 88 58"
    225 cms
    65 316"
    165.5 cms
    22 38"
    57 cms
    internal 53 12"
    136 cms
    40 58"
    103 cms
  • Stock: 14398

    A superb, tall and elegant twin columned Gothic Revival antique chimneypiece in finely figured, softly dark, grey Saint Anne Marble. This is a wonderful fireplace imposing in its simplicity and one of a kind. The wide moulded shelf rests on twin pairs of attached octagonal columns, each with moulded capitals and supported on sturdy footblocks. The plain frieze is centred by a simple shield above the slow arch of the opening set with quatrefoil carvings on the spandrels.
    English, possibly Scottish circa 1860.

    Shown here together with firegrate SNo 11882 now sold.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 82 12"
    209.5 cms
    54 58"
    138.6 cms
    15 316"
    38.5 cms
    Internal 43 1116"
    111 cms
    39 316"
    99.5 cms

    Listed Price: £22,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14516

    A very tall imposing antique walnut trumeau chimneypiece together with the original cast iron back plate and accompanying side panels. The trumeau has a large carved central salamander set beneath a high pediment.
    The fireplace surround, with a rectangular opening and a wide gadrooned frieze centred by acanthus carving, is supported by two large free standing balustered columns resting on plinths above large footblocks. The original central cast iron back panel is centred by another salamander amidst the flames and the twin side panels are embellished with a display of bees.
    French, late 19th century.

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    width height depth
    external 65"
    165 cms
    114 316"
    290 cms
    22 58"
    57.5 cms
    internal 34 1316"
    88.5 cms
    39 58"
    100.5 cms

    Listed Price: £24,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14549

    A large, rare and imposing late George II English Rococo chimneypiece with strong Palladian influences carved in white Statuary Marble and inlaid with panels of Verdi Antico Marble. The panelled frieze, beneath a moulded serpentine shelf, is centred by a richly carved 'pelta' scroll cartouche with very finely carved trailing jasmine sprigs flanked on the endblocks by large C Scrolls. The generously scrolling, canted console jambs, with linked cartouche and acanthus detail, terminate in single hart's tongue fern fronds and are supported on simple foot blocks. Provenance: The Earls of Minto, Minto House, Roxburghshire, Scotland.
    English, circa 1750-1760

    Shown here with andirons SNo 10202 now sold.

    Minto House Notes:
    This 18th century chimneypiece was selected by the 4th Earl of Minto to be installed in the Octagonal Drawing Room of Minto House by the decorators W. Turner Lord & Company, of 120 Mount Street, Grosvenor Square, London, whose estimate for the works was dated 18 September 1891. The tower of an earlier property had been incorporated by William Adam in his design for Minto House around 1740 and the House has subsequently undergone various expansions. One was carried our by Archibald Elliot at the beginning of the 19th century, it was further altered by William Playfair in 1837 and was finally enlarged by Robert Lorimer at the end of the 19th century. Minto House was owned by the Elliott family and the Earls of Minto for several centuries but from the mid 1960s it began to fall into disrepair and suffering from increasing neglect it slowly deteriorated to a state where it was finally demolished in 1992.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 83 12"
    212 cms
    61"
    155 cms
    13"
    33 cms
    Internal 56 14"
    143 cms
    46 12"
    118 cms
  • Stock: 10915

    A rare 18th century Italian Baroque fireplace mantel in finely carved Statuary Marble. The moulded arched shelf forms the upper part of a full width serpentine frieze which is centred by a high prominent shell cartouche, flanked by profusely carved flowers, grape vines and ears of wheat representing summer and autumn. Carved in low relief at each end of the frieze are winged mythical dragons and to the side are vases of flowers beneath which are elaborate angled c-scrolled jambs decorated with masks of grotesques holding ropes of fruits in their mouths and there are trails of tumbling berries and leaves down the sides. Shown together with andirons SNo 12527 not included with the price. Italian mid 18th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 64 316"
    163 cms
    46 78"
    119 cms
    9 1316"
    25 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    37 1316"
    96 cms
  • Stock: 14397

    A fine Edwardian Georgian style Statuary and inlaid Verde Antico marble chimneypiece, with a moulded shelf above inlaid dentil detail, an inlaid fluted frieze with a central tablet of cavorting cherubs flanked by oval panels of hunting cherubs and with finely carved classical maidens on the endblocks set above descending bellflowers, medallions and swags on the jambs.
    English, circa 1900.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 82 12"
    209.5 cms
    65 316"
    165.5 cms
    9 14"
    23.5 cms
    Internal 50 18"
    127.2 cms
    45 1116"
    116 cms
  • Stock: 14311

    A fine George III white Statuary Marble antique chimneypiece in the manner of Robert Adam. The fluted frieze, centred by a tablet depicting three seated musical maidens, is flanked by further musical maidens on the endblocks which are set above jambs with carved garlanded maidens on podiums and motifs emblematic of Springtime.
    English late 18th century.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 13829 not included in the price.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 38"
    186.5 cms
    55 58"
    141.3 cms
    7 38"
    18.7 cms
    Internal 44 14"
    112.5 cms
    42 38"
    107.7 cms
  • Stock: 9180

    IRISH WATER SPANIELS

    A rare and remarkable English Rococo Statuary Marble antique chimneypiece with richly and intricately carved floral and rocaille decoration. The boldly conceived and executed central cartouche bordered by both subtle and high relief floral design with typical English / Irish bordered panel and rocaille carved detail on the underfrieze moulding. Most charming of all are the two Irish Water Spaniels peering out from the large "C" scrolled jambs.

    This chimneypiece was likely to have been made for a great London House possibly for a ladies room or drawing room.

    English, circa 1760


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    Width Height Depth
    External 61 78"
    157.3 cms
    48 38"
    123 cms
    14 1316"
    37.5 cms
    Internal 42 78"
    109 cms
    38 38"
    97.5 cms
  • Stock: 13587

    A very fine and large, cut steel antique Gothic Revival chandelier with abundant scrolled stylised decoration throughout. The central rod and linked chains, which emanate from the crown and terminate in scrolling branches, support the highly ornate, cut and pierced hexagonal circlet from which issue six small vertical branches holding the brass light fittings. Possibly French, late 19th early 20th century.

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    Diameter Drop
    29 12"
    75 cms
    55 18"
    140 cms

    Listed Price: £12,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14200

    A magnificent and enormous pair of huge bronze Edwardian Baroque panels each in two parts made for Gillows of Lancaster, the famous furniture and furnishings company founded in 1730 who later to became Waring and Gillow. They would have been part of a grand display stand at one of the Great International Exhibitions that occurred from the mid 19th century. Gillows was one of a number of first class manufacturing companies to provide work of the highest calibre for these exhibitions. It is not clear exactly which event these panels, some parts which are missing, would have been made for but it is likely to have been either the London Exhibition of 1908 or the one in Ghent in 1913. The panels bear medallion copies of the medals that Gillows were awarded at various exhibitions from London,1851 to Paris,1900 and Brussels.

    Extraordinarily they were only discovered in 2015 stored away in a dock-side warehouse in Liverpool the home of Warings. It is possible that they have remained there undisturbed and forgotten for all those years from the time they were dismantled from the exhibition and transported back to Liverpool.
    English, 1903 - 1914

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    approx width approx height
    26"
    66 cms
    114"
    289.6 cms

    Listed Price: £18,500 as is( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14355

    A rare, monumental and highly ornate Louis XV style deeply carved Statuary Marble antique fireplace surround in the French Baroque Rococo manner with its original cast iron insert. The upper stop fluted coffered frieze sits above and behind an enormous and most elaborately scrolled central cartouche quite simply the flamboyant focus of the whole chimneypiece. The equally massive angled, scrolled and panelled jambs, beneath the two tiered endblocks, are embellished with large acanthus detail. Quatrefoil panels sit above the panelled side returns. The signature of a J. Molinari, and the name Menton are carved above the quatrefoil on the right return shown in the last image below.
    French, late 19th century.

    Note: Menton is a French Province on the Mediterranean coast close to the Italian border. Research on-going. Unusually the main elements of this chimneypiece are carved from solid blocks of marble.

    Width Height Depth
    external 82 14"
    209 cms
    66 78"
    170 cms
    22 1316"
    58 cms
    internal 48 1316"
    124 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
  • Stock: 10928

    An important and rare mid Georgian period English Rococo fireplace in Statuary and Maurin Green Marble possibly by Sir Henry Cheere (1703-1781).
    English circa 1750.

    Notes: Part of the research already done shows that a very similar chimneypiece originates in Woodcote House in Surrey, rebuilt in 1750 designed by Sir Henry Cheere and the sculptor was Isaac Ware. This chimneypiece is related in style and quality to our stock no 9180.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 71 18"
    180.5 cms
    48 38"
    123 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 52 316"
    132.7 cms
    39 1316"
    101 cms
  • Stock: 14359

    Actually an incense burner !
    A magnificent and rare Gothic Revival, Byzantine influenced antique silver plated incense burner that could easily be converted into a grand ceiling light. The highly decorative bowl, set with many coloured glass cabochon and bearing the initials I H S a symbolic monogram of Christ, is suspended from a high domed crown on six sturdy chains. Beneath the bowl is a reversed crown terminating in a reversed ring finial.
    Mid 19th century, possibly French.

    This incense burner can easily be converted into a chandelier.

    Link to: Antique chandeliers.

    width height
    22"
    56 cms
    53 78"
    137 cms

    Listed Price: £6,400 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 8024

    A large and striking Flemish dark polished fossil stone Baroque Mannerist antique chimneypiece, with double contra scrolling tapering jambs terminating in tall moulded foot blocks, supporting a later barrelled integral frieze and shelf centred by a magnificent lions mask.
    Flemish part 16th century and later.

    Link to: Antique Baroque Chimneypieces inc English, Italian, French, Flemish Bolection fireplace mantels.

    Width Height Depth
    External 90"
    228.6 cms
    77"
    195.6 cms
    20"
    50.8 cms
    Internal 66"
    167.6 cms
    66"
    167.6 cms
  • Stock: 10203

    A large and fine antique Palladian style chimneypiece in the manner of William Kent (1685-1748). Carved in pure white Statuary Marble and with Breche Violette, endblocks and ingrounds, it has a prominent corniced shelf set over a beautifully scrolled foliate carved frieze, centred by a simple Breche Violette plaque, flanked by foliate endblocks above bold tapering volute jambs, topped by ribbon tied scrolls, resting on plain large footblocks.
    English, mid 19th century with later restoration.

    Notes: This chimneypiece, made in the 19th Century, bears a striking resemblance to the chimneypiece in the Red Dining Room at Raynham Hall in Norfolk, designed by Inigo Jones in the late 17th Century. The chimneypiece was probably designed by William Kent as the Hall was refashioned by him in 1731 in collaboration with the Master Sculptor & Carver James Richards (1718-1759) who is credited with the carving of the chimneypiece.

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    width height depth
    External 97 12"
    247.7 cms
    73 18"
    185.7 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 42 18"
    107 cms
    44 1116"
    113.5 cms
  • Stock: 7739

    An impressive large serpentine fronted 18th century polished iron antique fire basket in the manner of Robert Adam, with etched spandrels, paterae & endblocks, a beaded border and four urn finials. Identical to one in Soho House, Birmingham, the house designed by James Wyatt, but this firegrate was probably made by Matthew Boulton (1728 -1809) partner to James Wyatt and a leading light in the English Industrial Revolution. English, circa 1790.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    width height depth
    38"
    96.5 cms
    29 1316"
    75.6 cms
    17 1316"
    45.1 cms

    Listed Price: £24,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 13829

    A very fine antique pierced and engraved, polished steel Georgian Summer Grate showing the influence of Robert Adam (1728-1792). The squared backplate sits behind the three barred fire basket which is mounted by two pairs of urn finials and has a delicately engraved detail on the edging flanked by beaded shoulders etched with lozenge cut paterae. The chamfered legs have further lozenge cut paterae.
    English circa 1780.

    Notes: This type of grate was called a dog grate but became more commonly known as a "Summer Grate" because the more decorative etched front had the option to be lifted off, as a protection against any possible heat damage, when the fire was lit in winter months. This would reveal the more simply designed second grate front as shown in the last image.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    Width Height Depth
    External 34 58"
    88 cms
    30 14"
    77 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Back width 20 18"
    51 cms
  • Stock: 10405

    A handsome English Regency cast iron firegrate in the manner of Robert Adam, with a beaded arched sunburst backplate, reversed in the radiating grate bars, bead edging to the spandrels, each centred by a lozenge paterae, the apron with a bead edged, cut paterae motif flanked by finely etched urn finials on the standards. Similar to the one in the Tapestry Room at Nostell Priory please see the images below.
    English, circa 1820.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    width height depth
    34 1316"
    88.3 cms
    36 316"
    92 cms
    16 12"
    42 cms

    Listed Price: £9,800 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 13874

    THE ITALIAN WARS
    A monumental and imposing richly carved French walnut trumeau chimneypiece. The generously moulded cornice lies above a dramatically carved arched central panel dominating the trumeau frieze. The panel depicts a scene of battle probably relating to the eighth Italian War (1551-1559) when Henry II of France declared war against Charles V ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. The panel is flanked on either side by two large carved horned and winged mythical beasts and the whole rests on the fireplace surround beneath.

    The deep shelf of the fireplace surround, with its carved alternating bossed frieze, sits above a pair of robust fluted columns with Corinthian capitals and stepped footblocks and the deep set fireplace opening is topped by a finely carved and decorative border detail.
    French, mid 19th century.

    Notes: The 1551-1559 Italian War was also known as the Habsburg – Valois War. There were a series of conflicts from 1494 to 1559 that involved, at various times, most of the city-states of Italy, the Papal States, most of the major states of Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Originally arising from dynastic disputes over the Duchy of Milan and the Kingdom of Naples, the wars rapidly became a general struggle for power and territory among their various participants, and were marked with an increasing number of alliances, counter-alliances and betrayals.

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

    Width Height Depth
    External 79 1116"
    202.5 cms
    107 18"
    272 cms
    29 78"
    76 cms
    Internal 46 78"
    119 cms
    35"
    89 cms
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