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, Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic, Art Nouveau mantels and Art Deco fireplaces and chimneypieces.