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  • Stock: 14431

    A rather beautiful Art Deco Statuary Marble figure of a scantily dressed young lady wearing a bejewelled costume and headdress and seated upon an alabaster plinth which has a patinated brass Phoenician Sphinx mounted to the front. The Portoro Marble base bears the inscription L. Morelli, Florence. Italian, circa 1920.

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    width overall height depth
    14 316"
    36 cms
    24"
    61 cms
    9 18"
    23 cms
  • Stock: 14218

    A wide and grand white Statuary Marble Louis XV style antique chimneypiece carved in high relief. The stepped breakfront shelf rests on an elaborately carved serpentine frieze centred by an Akroter female mask amid acanthus leaf decoration and trailing floral wreaths above a shaped moulded opening. The c-scrolled floral endblocks with tumbling floral swags sit above prominent panelled angled jambs.
    English, circa 1860.

    Link to: Antique Rococo Chimneypieces inc Louis XV English Scottish Chippendale Rococo fireplace mantels.

    Width Height Depth
    External 76 38"
    194 cms
    49 1316"
    126.5 cms
    16 18"
    41 cms
    Internal 39 316"
    99.5 cms
    36 58"
    93 cms
  • Stock: 13686

    A rare and substantial Aesthetic antique chimneypiece on a grand scale exquisitely carved in lightly veined statuary marble. The colonnade frieze enclosing deeply undercut carved floral panels flanked by carved endblocks depicting flying angels carrying children & scatterting flowers above panelled jambs with classical vases of richly carved flowers above smaller panels with geese amongst rushes.

    The side returns have three carved panels, small top panels depicting the world of music above the main larger panels of herons wrestling snakes among reeds, above the lower panels carved with shells and stylised porpoises.The fireplace opening is bordered by richly carved classical Greek architrave.
    English circa 1870.
    Note: Unusually the main elements of this chimneypiece are carved from solid blocks of marble.

    Link to: Antique Victorian, William IV and Edwardian fireplaces and chimneypieces.

    Width Height Depth
    External 85"
    216 cms
    58 38"
    148.3 cms
    19 1116"
    50 cms
    Internal 50 1316"
    129 cms
    41 14"
    104.8 cms
  • Stock: 7740

    "PETIT TRIANON CHEMINEE SALON COMPAGNIE"

    A superbly carved Louis XVI antique fireplace in Fleur de Pecher, peach flower, marble with a delicately carved high relief floral centre plaque, high relief carved sunflowers on the frieze and side returns over intricately scrolled corbels with descending bellflowers on the jambs. French, late 18th century.

    This antique cheminee is practically identical to that in the Salon Compagnie, Petit Trianon, Palais de Versailles - please view images below.

    Link to: Antique French chimneypieces inc. Louis XVI, French Empire fireplace mantels.

    width height depth
    external 72"
    182.9 cms
    46 12"
    118.1 cms
    12"
    30.5 cms
    internal 51 12"
    130.8 cms
    37"
    94 cms
  • Stock: 13525

    Carron of Falkirk:
    A truly beautiful and grand bronze and cast iron Adam style firegrate, one of a series made by the Carron Foundry to the same design . With a beaded arched back radiating sunburst bars, elaborate Elysian scenes on the front and spandrels & slim tapering standards topped by elegant swagged urns above goats head masks. The fire basket with scooped radial bars, the pierced apron centred with a delicately embossed panel depicting a maiden with her pet lamb watched by an amorini. The Carron catalogue number and name, 'No. 8 Dog Stove' is cast into the back. Please see image below from page 16 of the Carron Catalogue Company – "Architects' Catalogue". This second Carron grate is identical in design, except for the panel on the frieze, to the polished steel and iron grate SNo 9181.
    Scottish circa 1898/99.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    Width Height Depth
    External 37"
    94 cms
    35 1316"
    91 cms
    15"
    38 cms
    Back width 21 14"
    54 cms
  • Stock: 13517

    THE DREAM OF JULIET

    A rare and impressive Sarrancolin Opera Marble antique chimneypiece in the Baroque manner, the moulded bolection around the opening is centred by a flamboyantly scrolled cartouche flanked by a cushioned panelled frieze. The jambs with elaborately carved scrolled foliate decoration. The marble overmantel with it's high arched pediment holds a large round statuary marble panel depicting a beautiful young woman finely carved in the Renaissance manner and reminiscent of Shakespeare's Juliet and is signed F. Richard at the base.
    English possibly French, circa 1900.

    Notes: The Sarrancolin marble quarries are near the towns of Sarrancolin, Ilhet and Beyrede-Jumet in the Hautes-Pyrénées, in southwestern France. This chimneypiece has great presence.

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

    width height depth
    80 1116"
    205 cms
    88 58"
    225 cms
    19 1116"
    50 cms
    46 78"
    119 cms
    34 58"
    88 cms
  • Stock: 13323

    A tall and beautifully carved Carrara Marble statue of Eiar, Goddess of Springtime and one of the Goddesses of The Four Seasons. She is standing on an octagonal plinth and is holding a tumbling festoon of flowers representing the abundance of Springtime. She may have come from the gardens of an English country estate. As found before restoration. English, mid to late 19th century.

    Notes: The Four Seasons were depicted in mythology as the personification of nature in its different seasonal aspects. Theros (Summer), Phthinoporon (Autumn), and Cheimon (Winter) were the other three. They were said to guard the gates of Olympus, promoting the fertility of the earth and both presiding over and directing the stars and constellations.

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    Width Height Depth
    18 12"
    47 cms
    65 58"
    166.5 cms
    20 12"
    52 cms
  • Stock: 8168

    A large and stately Baroque style antique chimneypiece in polished Belgian Blue Fossil Stone. The heavily moulded dentil shelf and corbelled frieze is supported
    by a pair of generous fluted corbels above fluted jambs which rest on substantial footblocks. Belgian circa 1870.

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

    Width Height Depth
    External 91 1116"
    233 cms
    69 1116"
    177 cms
    28 14"
    72 cms
    Internal 57 18"
    145 cms
    53 12"
    136 cms
  • Stock: 13461

    A rare Reformed Gothic Chimneypiece carved in the richly coloured and veined Ashburton Marble mined from the Linhay Quarry in Devon, England close to the ancient Stannary Town of Ashburton.

    The chimneypiece is surmounted by a large stepped, corbelled shelf centred by a demi lune podium undercarved with Gothic detail. The formal stylised stiff foliage climbing the sturdy chamfered jambs, echoed around the arched opening and on the undercarving of the shelf, blossoms at the top under each shaped shelf into a more natutralistic Gothic display.
    English, circa 1880.

    Notes: In 1852 The Western Times, a Devon newspaper, reported that some large blocks of marble had been excavated from quarries adjoining the ancient Stannary Town of Ashburton. It was suggested at the time that the marble be used for the making of chimneypieces as the veins and colour were considered very decorative and superior to that found in any other quarry in South Devon. The Linhay Quarry was still being mined into the late 20th century.

    King Edward I's Stannary Charter of 1305 had established Tavistock, Ashburton and Chagford as Devon's Stannary Towns, they were where locally mined refined tin was assessed, coined, and sold.

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

    Width Height Depth
    64 58"
    164 cms
    58 1116"
    149 cms
    16 12"
    42 cms
    36 316"
    92 cms
    43 14"
    110 cms
  • Stock: 13572

    'PLUM PUDDING'.
    A rare Irish Gothic Revival Fossil chimneypiece of the Regency Period carved in reddish brown Armagh Marble. The deeply moulded shelf of this imposing chimneypiece has projecting podiums at either end above a frieze embellished with a series of carved diamond lozenges. The shelf is supported by a pair of hexagonal free standing fluted columns in front of wide sturdy jambs and all are resting on dual five sided footblocks.
    Irish, circa 1820

    Notes: Sir Charles Coote, of the Royal Dublin Society, wrote in his 'Statistical
    Survey of the County of Armagh' published in 1804 "...as we approach the city of Armagh the soil, though still limestone, yet changes to a purple hue and now approaches a species of marble - fossils appear of a beautiful and excellent quality, the prevailing hue is a reddish brown which mineralogists call 'Plum Pudding'. Many of the chimneypieces in Armagh and for several miles around were made of this native marble". The designer of this chimneypiece seems to have taken inspiration from ancient Greek architecture and in stripping out all ornamentation pre-empted the Art Deco movement by more than 100 years.

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

    shelf width height depth
    77 316"
    196 cms
    59 1116"
    151.7 cms
    19 14"
    49 cms
    44 12"
    113 cms
    44 78"
    114 cms
  • Stock: 13526

    A rare Bronze Fountain Group attributed to David Rawnsley (1909- 1977).
    Sculptor, Painter, Ceramicist, Film Art Director & Production Designer.

    A delightful, unique and beautifully sculpted Fountain of an entwined Mermaid & Merboy resting on rocks by the sea, both are twin tailed. The Merboy holds a large fish from whose mouth a water spout falls into the clam shell beneath. There is another water spout emanating from the abalone shell held above his head. The Mermaid is holding the clam shell in which lies a large starfish. A crab, a lobster and an octopus are climbing the rock beneath and nearby are limpets and coral.

    Mermaids & Merboys are legendary figures appearing throughout the centuries in the folklore of many cultures and traditionally could symbolise either danger or good fortune. This pair are of course beneficent. English, circa 1960.

    Notes: David Rawnsley was in his own words 'a jack of all trades'. Initially trained as an architect and engineer he entered the film industry in his early twenties as an art director & production designer. Film credits include: 49th Parallel, One of Our Aircraft is Missing, They Flew Alone and In Which We Serve. In the 40's and 50's he started up a series of potteries. The first in Paris was followed by the famous Chelsea Pottery in London in 1952 and later by one in the Bahamas and another in Mexico. His sister Una Hanbury (1904 – 1990) was a renowned Washington sculptor of horses and Rawnsley himself became an acknowledged artist and sculptor. His parents had settled the Rawnsley family on the Isle of Capri in the 1920's and in later years he set up a studio there. During a short visit in 1977 he died of a heart attack and he is buried on the Island. One of his last bronze sculptures, that of a young maiden made in 1972, is mounted on his grave.

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    Width Height Depth
    28"
    71 cms
    69 12"
    176.5 cms
    25 58"
    65 cms
  • Stock: 13497

    A large pair of highly ornate, cast iron and silver plated bronze andirons in the Baroque style with pineapple finials above elaborate urn stems supported on scrolled shouldered legs centred by female masks above sturdy lion paw feet. Late 19th century possibly French.

    Link to: Antique Andirons, Fire Dogs, Alare and Chenets

    Width Height Depth
    11 1316"
    30 cms
    21 1116"
    55 cms
    32 14"
    82 cms
  • Stock: 13395

    A rare and unusual Art Nouveau cast iron chimneypiece very much in the
    manner of the Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist
    Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 – 10 December 1928).

    This chimneypiece is identical to and made in the same series as our chimneypiece SNo 12624 now sold, but without the original woodgrain finish. It was built in two sections in the early 1900s by Wilson & Mathieson at their ironworks 'The Scotch Foundry' in Leeds. The foundry marks, Rd No. 393149, Design No. 100, can be seen on the back of the plaque please see image below

    The two gently arched mirrors on the overmantle are framed by three pairs of tall lotus topped trees themselves framing three further tall slender stylised trees.
    The frieze of the fire surround has an elaborately designed inset central plaque depicting a romantic landscape with a sickle moon rising over a distant mountain range, a north star, and a symbolic river entwining the trees. A bluebird, butterfly and dragonfly are in flight above a lake which is gently lapping against a shore in the foreground. Peering over the mountains to the right is the sleepy face of a setting sun. The plaque is framed by three Tulip Trees, there are two further trees set within niches on the frieze on either side and yet two more very tall variations on the tapering jambs.


    English circa 1900.

    Link to: Antique Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic, Art Nouveau mantels and Art Deco fireplaces and chimneypieces.

    Width Height Depth
    External 71 14"
    181 cms
    86 58"
    220 cms
    13"
    33 cms
    Internal 41 78"
    106.5 cms
    40"
    101.5 cms
  • Stock: 13397

    A small 19th century Carrara Marble Chimneypiece Mantel in the Italian Renaissance Manner richly carved in high relief, together with it’s original cast iron insert.The frieze, centred by a merman and mermaid flanking an elaborate strapwork cartouche, depicts a pair of birds set amongst scrolling fruits and flowers symbolising Peace and Abundance. The endblocks with tall garlanded cartouche above extraordinary tripedalism satyr grotesques holding beaded garlands in their mouths perched on elaborately carved and fluted jambs, and with an enriched linked acanthus border around the opening.
    Italian, late 19th century.
    Shown with a pair of Satyr Andirons SNo 7645 not included in the price.

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

    Width Height Depth
    63 316"
    160.5 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
    18 18"
    46 cms
    44 78"
    114 cms
    33 18"
    84 cms
  • Stock: 11176

    THE CUPID VENDOR:
    A substantial caryatid English Regency antique fireplace surround in the Greek Revival manner richly carved in white statuary marble. The wide moulded shelf above the frieze centred by a tablet carved in relief of The Cupid Vendor a possible Pompeian scene of a noblewoman with maidservant consulting an academic or mystic. The frieze is flanked by ribboned and tied flowering cornucopia. The projecting endblocks carved with delicately pierced round floral paterae supported by figures of vestal maiden on the jambs. Each of the standing figures is classically attired bearing incense burners and are raised on triple block footblocks. English circa 1805.

    Notes: In the manner of Sir Richard Westmacott Jr, Sculptor, Royal Academy (1775 – 1856) and very similar to the chimneypiece in The Dining Room at 18, later 19 Grosvenor Square in Mayfair, London W1- image below. This great house was designed and built around 1728 by Edward Shepherd, the proprietor of Shepherds Market off Curzon Street also in Mayfair and was sold in 1730 to the 7th Earl of Thanet. The 8th Earl employed Robert Adam in 1765 to renovate the Georgian interior and further renovation in the Adam Revival manner was carried out in 1880 by Frederick Arthur of Motcomb Street, Belgravia.

    The house was demolished in 1933 & the last owner Lady Beecham, wife of Sir Thomas Beecham the conductor, removed the Chimneypieces to Clopton House in Warwickshire.

    Link to: Antique English Regency chimneypieces inc. George IV fireplace mantels.

    Width Height Depth
    External 78 78"
    200.5 cms
    51 38"
    130.5 cms
    14"
    35.5 cms
    Internal 48"
    122 cms
    37 1316"
    96 cms
  • Stock: 11963

    A large and richly carved French Louis XV cheminee. In profusely figured Breche Violette marble the substantial serpentine shelf is supported on the panelled frieze centred with a high relief carved floral shell cartouche, supported on panelled jambs. French, early 19th century.

    Link to: Antique Rococo Chimneypieces inc Louis XV English Scottish Chippendale Rococo fireplace mantels.

    Width Height Depth
    External 72 1316"
    185 cms
    47 38"
    120.5 cms
    17 78"
    45.5 cms
    Internal 53 78"
    137 cms
    38"
    96.5 cms
  • Stock: 13449

    A beautiful and rare Thomas Jeckyll cast iron Stove Front made by the East Anglian Ironworks Company Barnard, Bishop and Barnards (1826-1955).

    One of a series of decorative fronts that Jeckyll designed for Barnards for their very popular Slow Combustion Stoves. In this case Jeckyll adapted designs he had created for the 'Thomas Jeckyll Pavilion' which was exhibited at The Philadelphia Centenial Exposition in 1876.

    Thomas Jeckyll (1827-1881) was a 19th century Aesthetic Movement architect and designer and one of the leading pioneers of the Anglo-Japanese design. He was responsible for some of the most innovative and evocative Aesthetic Movement interiors of his day most notably the 1876 restoration and redecoration of 49 Prince’s Gate, London, the home of shipping magnate Frederick Richards Leyland.

    Although he was a successful architect, Jeckyll is best remembered today for his ground breaking designs in metalwork and it was his exhibition pieces for Barnard, Bishop & Barnards that brought him his greatest renown and set in motion the 19th-century wrought iron revival in Great Britain. He was one of the few figures in the design reform movement in Britain who successfully united beauty and utility.

    This stove would have been sold complete with a matching fender and ash tray, please see Barnard's advertisement below.
    English Circa 1878.

    Link to: Antique Fire grates and Register grates.

    Width Height Depth
    External 41 14"
    105 cms
    39"
    99 cms
    2 38"
    6 cms
    Internal 17 78"
    45.5 cms
  • Stock: 9902

    A tall and impressive Italian Palazzo chimneypiece in the Renaissance manner richly carved in high relief statuary marble. The frieze of this grand fireplace mantel centred with a cameo nobleman's profile flanked by griffins and scrolling foliate decoration, the jambs with panels of urns, fruit & vines and carved capitals.
    Italian, 19th century.

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

    Width Height Depth
    External 91 18"
    231.4 cms
    72 316"
    183.5 cms
    17 12"
    44.4 cms
    Internal 65 1116"
    167 cms
    54"
    137.2 cms
  • Stock: 10667

    A grand and imposing 19th century marble antique chimneypiece mantel in the Palladian manner. The substantial white statuary marble shelf over a barrel frieze in Verde Tinos marble inlaid with a Statuary and Sienna marble guilloche pattern centred and flanked by three high relief carved Siena marble Roman lion masks supported on massive " C " scrolled brackets above strapwork decoration on the jambs. Italian, late 19th century.

    Link to a section showing full range of similar/related neo-classical chimneypieces

    width height depth
    External 85 1316"
    218 cms
    60 316"
    153 cms
    15"
    38.1 cms
    Internal 53 18"
    135 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
  • Stock: 11565

    An exceptional and rare period Louis XV Rococo chimneypiece mantel in Fior di Pesco Apuano marble. The serpentine shelf and frieze is centred by a richly carved clam shell and foliate cartouche, flanked by deeply moulded panels, c-scrolls and generously carved shield ends supported on stop fluted scrolling console jambs, enriched with fish scales and clam shell detail. French, 18th century.

    Link to: Antique Rococo Chimneypieces inc Louis XV English Scottish Chippendale Rococo fireplace mantels.

    width height depth
    External 75 316"
    191 cms
    48 58"
    123.5 cms
    20 78"
    53 cms
    Internal 50 1316"
    129 cms
    38 58"
    98 cms
  • Stock: 9807

    A RARE, PERIOD VENETIAN RENAISSANCE CHIMNEYPIECE richly carved in Istrian stone. The carved detail on the frieze centered by a 'stemma nobilare' or family crest as yet not identified, flanked by a profusion of sharply defined scrolled foliage, urns of fruit and winged birds symbolising Peace and Abundance. The upper part sits on two typical scrolled Venetian capitals and the supporting jambs are carved with flaming urns over ears of wheat on their leaved stalks in tall planters below.
    Italian 16th to 17th century. Photo before restoration.

    COMMENTS : Renaissance Venice, The Lion City, The Floating Republic, imperial Venice where commerce ruled, which challenged the Pope and Islam but absorbed qualities from both. The city of Titian and Palladio.

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

    Width Height Depth
    External 90"
    228.5 cms
    72"
    182.9 cms
    12 58"
    32 cms
    Internal 63 38"
    161 cms
    56"
    142.2 cms
  • Stock: 11098

    A strikingly grand Louis XV Rococo antique fireplace mantel in pale green ribboned Campan marble. Unusually tall for a French chimneypiece, the generous and fine carving in high relief under the large serpentine shelf features an ornate floral shell central cartouche with lower scrolling, flanked by inset panels and large "C" scrolled endblockings with ribbed concave shells supported on further scrolled canted jambs. Provenance: Pall Mall, in the borough of Westminster in London. French mid 19th century.

    Link to: Antique Rococo Chimneypieces inc Louis XV English Scottish Chippendale Rococo fireplace mantels.

    width height depth
    External 67 78"
    172.5 cms
    46 1316"
    118.9 cms
    20 1316"
    52.9 cms
    Internal 47 316"
    120 cms
    37 1116"
    95.8 cms
  • Stock: 13365

    A very fine rare and grand polished iron Fire Grate of generous proportions, with column and horizontal bars on the bow fronted grate flanked by tall standards supported on quadrupled feet. These baluster and ball feet were a feature of grates made in the mid to late18th century.
    English mid to late18th century.

    Notes: There was a near identical fire grate in the dining room of Wilton House, Wiltshire as illustrated in “The English Fireplace” by L A Shuffrey, Plate CXI.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    Width Height Depth
    External 33 78"
    86 cms
    21 1116"
    55 cms
    16 78"
    43 cms
    Back Width 24"
    61 cms
  • Stock: 11558

    A large Louis XV period Rococo fireplace mantel in Sarrancolin marble, the serpentine contoured shelf over a scrolled shell central cartouche flanked by the panelled frieze terminating in canted endblocks descending on further carved and fluted jambs. French, mid 18th century.

    Link to: Antique Rococo Chimneypieces inc Louis XV English Scottish Chippendale Rococo fireplace mantels.

    width height depth
    73 58"
    187 cms
    48 316"
    122.5 cms
    15 1116"
    40 cms
    56 18"
    142.5 cms
    38 58"
    98 cms
  • Stock: 13193

    GENEROUS AND GRAND:
    A very fine giant of a grate, in the early Georgian style, fashioned in polished steel and cast iron, it's breadth and depth speaking of strength and presence. The large basket with a pair of stylised polished steel finials is fronted by a cut steel serpentine apron centred by a boar's head amid scrolling floral motifs supported on either side by a pair of tall standards with elongated polished steel urn finials above simple column legs.
    English, early 19th century.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    Width Height Depth
    overall dimensions 47 58"
    121 cms
    31 12"
    80 cms
    17 18"
    43.5 cms
    back width 24"
    61 cms
  • Stock: 12987

    BAROQUE GRANDEUR. A huge cast iron firegrate in the Italian Baroque manner with a shaped, scrolled and semi-hooded backplate, three heavy curved front bars flanked by scrolled finials and fronted by a pair of massive elaborate baluster andirons. English early 19th century.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    Width Height Depth
    External 40 316"
    102 cms
    36"
    91.5 cms
    21 1116"
    55 cms
    Back width 35 38"
    90 cms
  • Stock: 9889

    Arts & Crafts:
    A unique and elegant Arts and Crafts bow fronted fire basket on a grand scale with a delicate pierced brass apron of floral motifs, a pair of tall slender andirons, the ball finials etched with stylised suns resting on brass ball and claw feet. Identical, except for the andirons, to one in the Great Chamber at Gilling Castle shown below in a late 19th century photo. English circa 1890.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    Width Height Depth
    44 18"
    112 cms
    28"
    71 cms
    17 14"
    44 cms
  • Stock: 13209

    A large cylindrical ornate antique French cast iron wood burning stove, with ornate cast decorative detail in the Renaissance manner, mounted on spoked wheels either side and a forward roller for ease of movement using the front mounted ebonised handle.
    French, late 19th century.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    Width Height Depth
    20 78"
    53 cms
    28 1116"
    73 cms
    22 38"
    57 cms
  • Stock: 13280

    MYSTICAL MYTHICAL MAN: An exquisite Louis XV Cheminee, carved in high relief in veined ivory Pavonazzetto marble. The serpentine shelf over a shaped frieze with a finely defined large central shell cartouche, flanked by leafy adorned spandrels, the end blocks with carved effigys of the mythical Green Man with oak leaf beards above scrolled fielded jambs with tumbling acanthus leaf decoration and highly veined and intricately carved acanthus footblocks.
    French, circa 1870s.

    Link to: Antique Rococo Chimneypieces inc Louis XV English Scottish Chippendale Rococo fireplace mantels.

    Width Height Depth
    External 59 18"
    150 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
    16 18"
    41 cms
    Internal 41 12"
    105.5 cms
    36"
    91.5 cms
  • Stock: 12831

    A 17th century Italian near life size white statuary marble sculpture head and wings of an angel carved in the Baroque manner of BERNINI, the 17th century Italian Sculptor, with the initials CB on the back of a wing. Italian 17th century.

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    width height deoth
    13 58"
    34.5 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    7 78"
    20 cms
  • Stock: 10044

    A rare period George III cast iron & steel Fire grate, the
    pierced apron flanked by urns, above bead and button frieze
    and hexagonal tapered legs.
    English 18th century with later restorations.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    width height depth
    External 36 12"
    92.7 cms
    33 58"
    85.3 cms
    12 58"
    32 cms
    Back width 20 18"
    51 cms
  • Stock: 12582

    A rare Martinware saltglaze ceramic fireplace surround by Robert Wallace Martin of the renowned 19th century Fulham Pottery Martin Brothers (1873 to 1923). The pottery later moved to Havelock Road in Southall, London.

    This example, dated 1881, features nine architectural panels, incised with scrolling flowers and foliage panels containing serpents, dragons and mythical beasts, panels of oak leaf and acorns. The sides with further incised panels of scrolling foliage with birds and squirrels, glazed ochre, brown and blue, other marks, impressed mark to bottom right corner.

    Shown in 3rd image with SNo 12021 in related pattern ceramics. Image before restoration.
    English late 19th century.

    Notes: The four Martin Brothers, Wallace, Walter, Charles and Edwin, produced a distinctive type of stoneware pottery, called Martinware, from the 1870s through to the First World War, with a little work being produced through to 1923 when their pottery closed.
    Robert Wallace Martin, the eldest brother, had worked for a while for the architectural sculptor J. B. Phillips of Vauxhall Bridge Road, and later took drawing classes at the nearby Lambeth School of Art.


    Link to: Antique Victorian, William IV and Edwardian fireplaces and chimneypieces.

    width height depth
    External 55 78"
    142 cms
    48"
    122 cms
    4 1116"
    12 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    40 58"
    103 cms
  • 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.

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

    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: 12479

    A substantial and finely proportioned late Georgian antique fireplace mantel. Beautifully carved in white statuary marble with a breakfront shelf over the grandly carved frieze centred by a figural plaque with cherubs and a reclining female. The frieze decorated with rosette paterae and bell flower swags hung between classical urns and flanked by deeply scrolled corbels on the endblocks above tall fluted jambs. English, late 18th century.

    Link to a section showing full range of similar/related neo-classical chimneypieces

    Width Height Depth
    External 90"
    228.6 cms
    67 1116"
    172 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms
    Internal 54 14"
    138 cms
    48 1316"
    124 cms
  • Stock: 11920

    State of the Art French Louis XV Rococo abundance.

    A very rare Louis XV carved limewood Rococo chimneypiece. England. The overall grandly contoured limewood form is embellished with high relief boldy carved scrolled and floral detail, counterpointed with much delightful delicate low relief detail on the borders and corners. The undulating serpentine shelf rests above a frieze dominated almost entirely by the Rocaille cartouche which is flanked by C scrolled endblocks supported on flamboyant scrolled, florally festooned console jambs seated on plain footblocks.
    English, circa 1760.

    Notes: The name limewood derives from Old English and German Linde and was the classic wood used by sculptors since the Middle Ages for its good carving qualities.

    Link to a section showing full range of similar/related neo-classical chimneypieces

    width height depth
    External 78 1116"
    200 cms
    56 78"
    144.5 cms
    15 78"
    40.5 cms
    Internal 52 58"
    133.5 cms
    45 1116"
    116 cms
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