A large and rare, highly ornate antique oak overmantel reminiscent of the style of the French designer Daniel Marot(1661–1752). The top with egg and dart moulding, carved acanthus scrolls and pendant drops above a quatrefoil panel, framed by acanthus carved bolection moulding reserved on a diaper ground, flanked by scroll supports with heavy acanthus carving above a base section with a scrolling cartouche and strapwork and carved draperies. Photos before restoration and in it's original state with some carved elements missing.
English mid 19th century.
Provenance: By repute originally removed from Alnwick Castle in the late 20th century and erected as an overmantel in a house in Alnwick.
Notes: In the second half of the 18th century Robert Adam carried out many alterations to Alnwick Castle. The interiors were largely in a Strawberry Hill gothic style not at all typical of his work, which was usually neoclassical. However in the 19th century Algernon, 4th Duke of Northumberland replaced much of this with less ostentatious architecture designed by Anthony Salvin. According to the official website a large amount of Adam's work survives, but little or none of it remains in the principal rooms shown to the public, which were redecorated in an opulent Italianate style in the Victorian era by Luigi Canina.
Link to: Antique panelling and overmantels
Listed Price: £4,500 ( + vat in EU zone )