Antique Marble Fireplaces

Stunning antique marble fireplaces, mantels & chimneypieces made in variety of different antique marbles, including Sienna marble, Statuary marble, Cippolino marble, Verde antico marble examples.

  • A small Breche Violette Louis XVI Fireplace Reserved

    Stock: 15217

    A small Louis XVI style antique fireplace surround in softly figured Breche Violette Marble.The shaped and moulded shelf sits above a split panelled frieze centred by a carved rosette.The endblocks, enhanced with a pair of square floral paterae, rest above angled, stop fluted jambs supported on curved footblocks. French, circa 1880.

    Shown here with andirons SNo 13840 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 51 38"
    130.5 cms
    43 18"
    109.6 cms
    13 316"
    33.6 cms
    Internal 37 316"
    94.5 cms
    33 1116"
    85.5 cms

    Listed Price: £7,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14757

    A large and imposing Louis XVI chimneypiece in Belgian Black Marble the Frieze and endblocks carved in Red Languedoc Marble, together with its original brass insert. French. The stepped moulded shelf rests above the wide ornately carved frieze centred by a female mask flanked either side by scrolling leaf and rosette detail. The endblocks bear large and bold garlanded female masks above grand stop fluted console jambsraised on stepped footblocks. French, circa 1810.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 82 14"
    209 cms
    62 1116"
    159.2 cms
    19 1316"
    50.2 cms
    Internal 53 316"
    135.2 cms
    46 78"
    119.2 cms
  • Stock: 14721

    A large Louis XV style chimneypiece in finely figured Italian Arabescato Marble. The wide serpentine shelf of this antique fire surround rests on the panelled frieze which is centred by a finely carved classical female mask with acanthus leaf scrolls above the shaped opening. The endblocks bear smaller masks above tapering, angled volute jambs. French, circa 1870.

    Please note photos before restoration.

    Width Height Depth
    External 75 58"
    192 cms
    49 58"
    126 cms
    15 1116"
    40 cms
    Internal 50 58"
    128.5 cms
    42 12"
    108 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15221

    A Victorian chimneypiece in dark grey and white figured St Anne Marble. The moulded shelf of this antique fireplace sits above the plain frieze and is supported by a pair of simple corbels on plain jambs raised on sturdy footblocks. English, circa 1870.

    The St Anne Marble quarries are located at Gougnies, near Charleroi and at Biesme in the province of Namur in Belgium.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 66 18"
    168 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
    11"
    28 cms
    Internal 38 316"
    97 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms

    Listed Price: £4,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 10819

    A wide moulded Bolection chimneypiece in veined green Tinos Verde Marble the jambs raised on shaped footblocks. English circa 1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63"
    160 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
    5 18"
    13 cms
    Internal 51 316"
    130 cms
    37"
    94 cms

    Listed Price: £4,300 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15195

    A late 18th century Georgian chimneypiece carved in Statuary Marble with Verde Antico frieze panels and slips to the opening and is attributed to a design by the sculptor Thomas Carter(d 1795). The architect Charles Cameron(1745-1812) installed it in 15 Hanover Square, London W1 in the 1770s. This antique fireplace has a delightful tablet centred on the frieze beneath the wide stepped shelf. It is carved in high relief with a depiction of putti representing the Arts, Sciences, Knowledge and Industry. It is in turn flanked by a pair of large stylised acanthus endblocks over boldly carved acanthus leaves and descending bellflowers mounted on the console jambs.
    English, circa 1774.

    Provenance: 15 Hanover Square was designed in the 1770s by the architect Charles Cameron for Jervoise Clark (1743-1808) Member of Parliament for Yarmouth, on the Isle of Wight. The chimneypiece was installed there in the 1770s. It was taken out when the house was demolished in 1904 and was subsequently promoted by prominent antique dealers of the time among them Mr Pratt, Messrs Keeble, Gill & Reigate & Sir Charles Allom. It was Illustrated in English Chimneypieces by Guy Cadogan Rothery and published by John Tiranti in 1927 (please see the scanned image below).

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    Width Height Depth
    86 316"
    219 cms
    63 12"
    161.2 cms
    12"
    30.6 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
    43 1116"
    111 cms
  • Stock: 8279

    A strikingly tall, Louis XIV 'Bolection de Versailles' antique cheminee in richly figured Campan Rouge et Vert marble surmounted by moulded shelf beneath which is a deep fluted concave frieze ,with large acanthus decoration at either end, resting on the bold panelled and moulded bolection.
    French, circa 1830.

    Photo before restoration and shown here with andirons 12467 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61 1116"
    156.8 cms
    59 38"
    151 cms
    12 1316"
    32.4 cms
    Internal 44"
    111.8 cms
    42 12"
    108 cms

    Listed Price: £14,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15051

    A Louis XVI lightly veined Carrara Marble fire surround. The moulded shelf rests on a split panelled frieze centred by a floral roundel and there are large square foliate endblocks above angled stop fluted jambs supported on curved footblocks. French, early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 53 316"
    135.2 cms
    41 1316"
    106.1 cms
    15 18"
    38.3 cms
    Internal 40 38"
    102.5 cms
    32 1316"
    83.2 cms

    Listed Price: £6,800 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15202

    A finely carved Statuary Marble George III chimneypiece with a musical theme. The reeded frieze, beneath the moulded shelf, is centred by a carved tablet of a muse playing her harp with a putti beside her holding her music. The musical theme is echoed in the carved trumpets, drums and symbols on the endblocks set above the reeded jambs. This fine Georgian fire surround was at one time in a large house in a village in Hampshire. English, circa 1800 - 1810.

    Shown here with fire grate SNo 14862 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 53 1316"
    136.7 cms
    49 38"
    125.6 cms
    10"
    25.5 cms
    Internal 35 12"
    90.2 cms
    40 38"
    102.5 cms
  • Stock: 14300

    A graceful Louis XVI lightly veined Statuary Marble fire surround. The frieze, centred by a charming oval ormolu plaque with a depiction of cherub musicians, is flanked by inset panels with scrolling ormolu foliage. Applied ormolu wreaths adorn the endblocks set above tapering console jambs with a chain of descending ormolu beading and panels of patterned vents are set into the side returns. French, circa 1780.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 53 18"
    135 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
    14"
    35.5 cms
    Internal 36 58"
    93 cms
    32 18"
    81.5 cms
  • Stock: 10296

    A compact Louis XVI fireplace surround in intricately veined Buixcarro Crema Marble. The panelled frieze, beneath the moulded shelf, is centred with a finely carved tablet of a ribboned, floral garland flanked by square floral paterae on the endblocks both carved in Statuary Marble.
    French 19th century.

    Shown here with andirons 15115 not yet on the web and not included in the price.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 53 18"
    135 cms
    46 1116"
    118.5 cms
    12 58"
    32 cms
    Internal 35"
    89 cms
    35 58"
    90.5 cms

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

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  • Stock: 11376

    A late 18th century antique fireplace mantel in Statuary and Spanish Brocatelle marble. The breakfront shelf over a frieze with inlaid Brocatelle marble fluting, interspersed by delicate rosette paterae in statuary marble, flanked by florally carved endblocks on tapering fluted jambs and with wide Brocatelle ingrounds.
    English circa 1780.

    Known provenance.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 69 14"
    176 cms
    58 1116"
    149 cms
    6"
    15.3 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    104.8 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
  • Stock: 15185

    A substantial lightly veined Statuary Marble mid Victorian chimneypiece. The wide moulded shelf above the plain frieze is supported by two large scrolled corbels on wide pilaster jambs.
    English, circa 1850.

    Shown here with register grate SNo 14837 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    68 12"
    174 cms
    47 316"
    120 cms
    12 1316"
    32.5 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms

    Listed Price: £11,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 10088

    A small Regency antique fireplace surround with a reeded shelf moulding in Statuary and inlaid Spanish Brocatelle marble. The frieze, inset with fluted panels, is centred by a roundel echoed on the end blocks above plain inlaid fluted jambs above simple foot blocks. Removed from a house in Chelsea in south west London.
    English, early 19th century.

    Shown here with fire grate SNo 14205 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 53 1116"
    136.5 cms
    39 58"
    100.5 cms
    7 78"
    20 cms
    Internal 37"
    94 cms
    36 1316"
    93.5 cms

    Listed Price: £12,800 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 7788

    A Baroque style antique fireplace surround in softly hued variegated Languedoc Marble with round brass side vents. The prominent, slow arched fireplace opening, with raised triangle detail carved on the spandrels, is flanked by recessed jambs supported on curved footblocks.
    French, mid 19th century.

    Shown here with fire basket 14851 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61 316"
    155.5 cms
    43 78"
    111.5 cms
    14 1316"
    37.5 cms
    Internal 45 14"
    115 cms
    35 1316"
    91 cms

    Listed Price: £5,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15172

    A large and fine early Regency Statuary Marble antique fireplace surround delicately elegant in it's simplicity. The moulded shelf sits above a plain frieze centred by a swag, rosette and ribbon enhanced tablet. The stylised vases with bellflower drapes on the endblocks rest above attached tapering columns on the jambs supported on stepped footblocks. English, circa 1800. .

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63 18"
    160.3 cms
    53 18"
    134.8 cms
    8 12"
    21.5 cms
    Internal 42 38"
    107.6 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15109

    A finely veined Carrara Marble Victorian corbel fireplace surround with large corbels supporting the wide moulded shelf. English, circa 1860.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 15069 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 71 18"
    180.5 cms
    47 38"
    120.5 cms
    13 18"
    33.2 cms
    Internal 38"
    96.5 cms
    37 1116"
    95.8 cms

    Listed Price: £4,200 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 8739

    A carved white marble fireplace mantel in the English Regency Greek Revival manner with recessed panels and carved anthymion endblocks.
    English 20th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 74"
    188 cms
    49 316"
    125 cms
    11 38"
    29 cms
    Internal 44 12"
    113 cms
    40"
    101.5 cms

    Listed Price: £4,800 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14085

    A small and delightful Louis XVI style antique fire surround crafted in boldly stated Breche Violette Marble together with its original rather fine steel and brass insert framed within a well defined brass overlapping laurel leaf band, the opening edged with a brass tongue and dart border.
    French, late 19th century.

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    width height depth
    external 49 38"
    125.5 cms
    41 78"
    106.5 cms
    14"
    35.5 cms
    internal 36 1316"
    93.5 cms
    35"
    89 cms
  • Stock: 10187

    A well proportioned Regency style Statuary Marble fireplace surround. The panelled frieze centred by a rosette medallion framed by inlaid Spanish Brocatelle Marble within delicately carved entwined stem edged panels, echoed on the endblocks and the jambs. Identical to SNo 10058. English, mid 19th Century.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 13822 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 68 18"
    173 cms
    51 58"
    131 cms
    12"
    30.5 cms
    Internal 40"
    101.5 cms
    38 14"
    97.2 cms

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

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  • Stock: 11362

    A very fine authentic replica of 17th century Italian Baroque fireplace surround carved from the solid in three sections in beige, pale yellow and rose, faintly veined Nembro Marble.The frieze, integral with the shelf, is centred by a cartouche carved in characteristic Lombardian high relief and possibly inspired by marine life. The whole is supported by a pair of moulded jambs. Italian, mid 20th century.

    Shown here with andirons SNo 10202 recently sold.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 14"
    186.2 cms
    53 1116"
    136.5 cms
    9 1316"
    24.8 cms
    Internal 51 316"
    130 cms
    40 78"
    104 cms
  • Stock: 14722

    A Louis XVI style antique fireplace surround in finely coloured and veined Skyros Marble. This unusual and attractive marble, quarried on the Greek island of Skyros and otherwise known as Skaris Marble, was first discovered by the Romans and was one of the most important marbles used by their architects and sculptors throughout the Roman Empire. It is understood that the marble extraction on the island ceased with the coming of World War II (1939-1945).
    French, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 57 14"
    145.5 cms
    43 12"
    110.5 cms
    15 58"
    39.5 cms
    Internal 40 78"
    104 cms
    34 18"
    86.5 cms
  • Stock: 15122

    A very fine example of a Louis XVI style Statuary Marble fireplace surround. The breakfront shelf rests above a bead framed frieze centred by a delicately carved ribboned, leaf and berry wreath and sprigs, flanked on the endblocks by square foliate paterae. The tapering jambs are surmounted by large acanthus leaf corbels above rope moulding.
    French, mid 19th century.

    Shown here with a pair of andirons SNo 15115 not included.

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    width height depth
    External 61 12"
    156.2 cms
    43 1116"
    111 cms
    9 58"
    24.5 cms
    Internal 44 12"
    113 cms
    33 14"
    84.7 cms

    Listed Price: £14,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15124

    A large, late Victorian Derbyshire Fossil Limestone Bolection fire surround with a polished satin finish. The moulded frieze and jambs raised on substantial and sturdy footblocks.
    English, circa 1900.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 66 18"
    168 cms
    48"
    122 cms
    4 18"
    10.3 cms
    Internal 50"
    127 cms
    40"
    101.5 cms

    Listed Price: £5,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14666

    A 19th century polished Belgian Black and Verde Antico marble Flemish fireplace surround in the High Renaissance style. The moulded shelf rests above a panelled frieze with a verde antico central lozenge and cushioned marble panels flanked by square bossed endblocks above tapering, full round free standing verde antico marble columns resting on sturdy footblocks.
    Flemish, 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 60 1316"
    154.5 cms
    51 316"
    130 cms
    14 38"
    36.5 cms
    Internal 35 316"
    89.5 cms
    38 58"
    98 cms

    Listed Price: £10,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15110

    A boldly veined, white English Marble fire surround in the traditional late Victorian style with large corbels on substantial jambs beneath the wide shelf.
    English, late 19th century.

    Shown with register grate 15093 ot included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 68 78"
    175 cms
    45 18"
    114.5 cms
    12"
    30.5 cms
    Internal 36 316"
    92 cms
    35 1316"
    91 cms

    Listed Price: £4,200 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15062

    A decorative Louis XV, Rococo style fire surround in lightly veined Carrara Marble. The shaped and moulded shelf rests above a scrolling frieze centred by a fine, large foliate and floral cartouche flanked by scrolled endblocks above angled panelled jambs terminating with foliate detail above plain footblocks. French, late 19th century.

    Shown with fire basket SNo 14898 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 57 1116"
    146.5 cms
    42 14"
    107.5 cms
    17 58"
    44.8 cms
    Internal 38 58"
    98 cms
    34 78"
    88.7 cms
  • Stock: 14356

    A fine Statuary Marble Victorian chimneypiece with grey/green Verde Antico Marble inlay very much in the George III manner. The wide moulded shelf, with an underlay of dentil detail, rests above an inlaid Greek Key frieze with a central tablet of an urn surmounted by a pair of mythical styled sphinx. The rosette paterae on the end blocks are set above inlaid fluted pilasters fronting the jambs. English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 71 1116"
    182 cms
    56 12"
    143.5 cms
    9 18"
    23 cms
    Internal 44 18"
    112 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
  • Stock: 14684

    A small French Carrara Marble antique fireplace surround in the Louis XVI style with its original ornate cast iron insert. The frieze, centred by a finely carved laurel wreath trailing sprays of laurel to ether side, is flanked by acanthus adorned rounded endblocks above half round attached fluted columned jambs supported on curved footblocks. French, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 52 1316"
    134 cms
    41 14"
    105 cms
    15 78"
    40.3 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    34 316"
    86.8 cms

    Listed Price: £13,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 7944

    A decorative Georgian style chimneypiece in Statuary & Sienna marble with a moulded breakfront shelf above a central panel. This panel depicts a group of playful putti wrestling a ram, bearing a mask and climbing a tree in a forest setting, bordered by oval paterae and bellflower garlands and putti endblocks over similarly carved jambs. English, circa 1890.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 10350 now sold.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 70"
    177.8 cms
    59 12"
    151.1 cms
    7 12"
    19 cms
    Internal 41 1116"
    106 cms
    43 12"
    110.5 cms
  • Stock: 14773

    An elegant High Renaissance style polished Belgian Black Marble antique fireplace mantel. The fluted panelled frieze is centred by a strapwork tablet flanked by foliate detailed endblocks resting above Rosso Antico Marble tapering, free standing columns raised on double footblocks.
    Flemish, 19th century.

    Shown here with andirons SNo 12784 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63 38"
    161 cms
    54 78"
    139.5 cms
    15"
    38 cms
    Internal 36 38"
    92.5 cms
    40 316"
    102 cms

    Listed Price: £12,200 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14992

    A large arched Victorian chimneypiece in pure white Statuary Marble. The wide moulded shelf rests above an arched opening set with a central floral keystone flanked by carved spandrels of birds perched on stylised fern sprays with descending buds and tendrils.
    English circa 1860.

    Shown here with firegrate SNo 14370 not included and not yet on the web.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 76 38"
    194 cms
    49"
    124.5 cms
    14 38"
    36.5 cms
    Internal 40 316"
    102 cms
    35 58"
    90.5 cms
  • Louis XV Chimneypiece in Burgundy Stone 
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    Stock: 11278

    A period Louis XV fireplace surround in Pierre de Bourguignon, Burgundy Stone known in French as a Pierre Marbrier because of its hard, marble like character whereby it takes a polish. This one with the serpentine shelf integral with the panelled frieze centred by a delicate shell cartouche flanked either end by kidney shaped angled upper jamb decoration. French, late 17th, early 18th century.

    Shown here with andirons SNo 11106 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 59 1316"
    152 cms
    44 18"
    112 cms
    8 78"
    22.7 cms
    Internal 48 1316"
    124 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms

    Listed Price: £8,800 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14974

    A fine Regency fireplace surround in pure white Statuary Marble. Beautifully elegant in its simplicity. The twin cushioned panelled frieze, beneath the moulded shelf, is centred by a tablet depicting a reclining Venus, holding aloft a rose, beside a basket of flowers with her temple in the distance.The endblocks with large rosette paterae above cushioned panelled jambs.
    English, circa 1810.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 65"
    165 cms
    45 12"
    115.5 cms
    8 1116"
    22.2 cms

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

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  • Stock: 8410

    A large and very well executed white marble 20th century copy of a Regency chimneypiece. The wide breakfront shelf, which rests above a plain frieze centred by a large plaque decorated with husks, fruits and foliage, is flanked by two pairs of scrolled brackets pinned by scallop shells and framing female mask medallions supported by simple but substantial jambs resting on sturdy footblocks. Provenance: Made for a large house in Eaton Square in London.
    English mid 20th century.

    Similar fireplaces were once seen in The Library at Courteenhall, Northamptonshire and in The Coffee Room at The Travellers Club in London as shown in the last two images.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 87"
    221 cms
    52"
    132.1 cms
    14 12"
    36.8 cms
    Internal 50"
    127 cms
    41"
    104.1 cms

    Listed Price: £16,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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Marble fireplaces
Our stunning collection of antique marble fireplaces, mantels and chimneypieces features fireplaces made in a variety of different antique marbles, including Sienna marble, Statuary marble, Cippolino marble and Verde Antico marble.

A brief history of marble
Marble has been used in architecture for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian cultures. Its ability to bear immense weight made it ideal for supporting structures and monolithic columns in public, private and religious buildings. Prized for its beauty and resilience, marble has been used in some of the world’s most iconic buildings, including the Parthenon, the Taj Mahal and the Palace of Versailles.
Marble has been popular for its use in sculpture since classical times. In fact, the word ‘marble’ derives from the Ancient Greek mármaron, which means ‘crystalline rock, shining stone’. Light is able to penetrate several millimetres into marble before being scattered out, producing the characteristic ‘glow’ that seems to give life to sculptures.

The introduction of marble fireplaces
Marble fireplaces have been popular for hundreds of years. Marble has been highly prized as a material for fireplaces due to its softness - which makes it easier to carve - its strength, and, perhaps most of all, its elegance and air of luxury.
The oldest piece in our collection of antique marble fireplaces dates back to around 1460. 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.

A taste for marble fireplaces
Marble fireplaces remained fashionable in Europe throughout the 15th and 16th Centuries and were particularly popular during the Georgian, Regency and Victorian eras.
The first half of the Georgian era saw marble fireplaces influenced heavily by the classical temple architecture of the Greeks and Romans. Halfway through the 18th Century, designer and architect Robert Adam revolutionised fireplace design with his neoclassical fireplaces.
Marble fireplaces were much sought-after during the Regency period, particularly those made from Statuary marble. However, the onset of the Napoleonic wars in 1803 made its cost prohibitive to all but the wealthiest, and largely restricted its use to grand public rooms.
From the early to mid Victorian era these fireplaces were typically very ornate, featuring intricate floral designs. Later Victorian fireplaces show a preference for simpler, more geometric designs.

Antique marble fireplaces
Antique marble fireplaces are still very much in demand, and it’s easy to see why. From the simplest to the most sumptuously extravagant, a marble fireplace can be tastefully integrated into either a traditional or modern room to make a beautiful and striking focal point.
Our collection of antique marble fireplaces is one of the most comprehensive in the world. A display spanning such a breadth of styles, periods and materials is unlikely to be found elsewhere.

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