Antique Marble Fireplaces

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

  • Stock: 15502

    A 19th century white marble fireplace with a moulded shelf over a panelled frieze, featuring a central acanthus patera and foliate endblocks. The stop fluted jambs rest on plain footblocks.

    Belgian, c.1880.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 78"
    187.7 cms
    49 78"
    126.7 cms
    13 18"
    33.2 cms
    Internal 40 316"
    102 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms

    Listed Price: £4,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15324

    A simple and elegant bolection fireplace carved from a dove grey limestone. The polished and undulating surface reveals the subtle veining and mottling, which would be just as well suited to a contemporary interior as a period one. English, c.1930.

    Provenance: Removed from a property on Eaton Square, London.

    The Queen Anne style of the late 17th century saw the emergence of the simple bolection fireplace, often situated within a panelled room. It was far more simple in design that what had preceded it, and it was this striking simplicity that secured its enduring popularity.

    Width Height Depth
    61"
    155 cms
    47"
    119.5 cms
    3"
    7.6 cms
  • Stock: 15475

    A large Gothic Revival fireplace of grand proportions in pencil statuary marble, with an angular pointed Tudor arch opening. Above this, the the frieze is adorned with spandrels carved in high relief with a quatrefoil design. The rest of the decorative scheme is simply and crisply carved.

    Shown here with stock no. 15126: A fire basket attributed to A.W.N Pugin.

    English, c.1860.

    Width Height Depth
    External 78 1116"
    200 cms
    49 1316"
    126.5 cms
    13 38"
    34 cms
    Internal 41 78"
    106.5 cms
    39 14"
    99.7 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15473

    A simple and elegant St Anne marble corbel fireplace. The softly grey hued St Anne marble is gently veined and displayed to great effect on the plain shelf and jambs. The undulating corbels support a broad moulded shelf. Its' simplicity is enhanced by small bands of Belgian black marble above the corbels and footblocks, an unusual detail.

    English, c.1870.

    Width Height Depth
    External 67 78"
    172.5 cms
    48"
    122 cms
    11"
    28 cms
    Internal 38"
    96.5 cms
    38"
    96.5 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15465

    An elegant Louis XVI style 19th century fireplace, crisply carved from Carrara marble, with a finely carved central foliate paterae flanked by the split panelled frieze. The paterae endblocks are of the same acanthus form, and are supported by flat, stop fluted jambs, which in turn rest on plain footblocks. French, late 19th century.

    Width Height Depth
    External 49 316"
    125 cms
    41 14"
    105 cms
    15"
    38 cms
    Internal 34"
    86.4 cms
    32"
    81.3 cms

    Listed Price: £6,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 11094

    An unusually large Louis XV fireplace surround in Rouge De Rance red and white figured marble. The wide serpentine shelf sits on the shaped frieze which is centred by a shell cartouche, flanked by scrolled endblocks descending on shaped and paneled, angled jambs. French, early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 74"
    188 cms
    47 1316"
    121.5 cms
    10 316"
    26 cms
    Internal 59 58"
    151.5 cms
    40 38"
    102.5 cms

    Listed Price: £7,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15407

    A Pompadour chimneypiece in a Campan Vert marble. The serpentine panelled frieze with flanked by rectangular endblocks above the angled, panelled and fielded jambs.
    French, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 44 12"
    113 cms
    38 1316"
    98.5 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 29 12"
    75 cms
    32 1116"
    83 cms
  • Stock: 15438

    A late 18th century Statuary and Brocatelle marble chimneypiece, inlaid with a Greek key design on the frieze. The finely carved tablet depicts a goddess, perhaps Persephone, holding a cornucopia brimming with fruit, including a pineapple; something of a luxury in 18th century Britain. Beside her, a putto holds aloft an ear of wheat as he rides a lion pulling the goddess' chariot. In the distance, a small temple sits atop a hill, very much like the temple follies seen in 18th century parkland. Flanking the frieze are two elegantly carved endblocks, depicting a putto holding torches - another symbol of Persephone. These are supported by gently tapered jambs, inlaid with flutes of brocatelle marble and terminating in plain footblocks.
    English, Circa 1790 with restorations.

    Width Height Depth
    External 74 1316"
    190 cms
    60 1316"
    154.5 cms
    8 78"
    22.5 cms
    Internal 48 38"
    123 cms
    47"
    119.5 cms
  • Stock: 15442

    An elegant Regency white Statuary and Spanish Brocatelle marble fireplace. The wide moulded shelf rests above a plain frieze set with a Brocatelle panel, oval paterae on the endblocks and further panels of Bracatelle are set into the jambs beneath acanthus capitals. The opening too is framed wth Brocatelle marble.
    English, circa 1820.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 76 18"
    193.3 cms
    54 38"
    138.1 cms
    8 14"
    21 cms
    Internal 43 1116"
    111 cms
    41 14"
    105 cms

    Listed Price: £21,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15437

    A French Carrara marble Louis XV style Rococo fireplace surround. The serpentine breakfront shelf rests above a fielded freeze centred by a large foliate cartouche echoed on the endblocks which sit above angled, panelled jambs supported on sturdy footblocks.
    French, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 62 316"
    158 cms
    42 38"
    107.6 cms
    16 12"
    42 cms
    Internal 45 18"
    114.5 cms
    35 58"
    90.5 cms
  • Stock: 15441

    A Victorian black slate arched fireplace, painted with intertwining Ivy and white Jasmine. The symbolism of flowers was a popular theme in Victorian Britain, with flowers adopted as symbols across the decorative arts. The art of floriography as it was called, was used to convey messages through the language of flowers. Ivy for example, represented eternity, fidelity and friendship. White jasmine, purity and amiability.
    Original hand painted decoration.
    English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61 1316"
    157 cms
    43 1116"
    111.1 cms
    11 1316"
    30 cms
    Internal 34 14"
    87 cms
    33 1116"
    85.5 cms

    Listed Price: £3,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15440

    A Victorian black slate fireplace with corbels beneath a wide shelf. An abundant festoon of painted summer flowers adorns the frieze and more trail down each jamb. As with fireplace SNo 15441 the symbolism of flowers was a popular theme in Victorian Britain, with flowers adopted as symbols across the decorative arts. The art of floriography as it was called, was used to convey messages through the language of flowers.
    English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61 78"
    157.3 cms
    44 78"
    114.1 cms
    11"
    28 cms
    Internal 36 1316"
    93.5 cms
    35 58"
    90.5 cms
  • Stock: 15333

    A Louis XV Rococo chimneypiece in delightful Breche d'Alep marble. The shaped moulded shelf rests above a scrolled, panelled frieze centred by a foliate cartouche echoed on the endblocks. The tapering, angled and panelled console jambs are supported on curved footblocks. French, early 19th century.

    Shown here with firegrate SNo 15243

    Breche d'Alep marble was first quarried in 1712 in Tholonet in Bouches-du-Rhône. It is formed of large rounded fragments of browns, greys, reds or blacks usually on a yellow bed and was much used in the making of furniture and fireplaces during the 18th & 19th centuries.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 60 316"
    153 cms
    44 18"
    112 cms
    7 78"
    20 cms
    Internal 45 14"
    115 cms
    36 316"
    92 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15265

    A Louis XVI antique chimneypiece in softly veined Arabascato Marble. Charming in its simplicity. The moulded shelf, above a bolection style opening, is supported by angled, panelled jambs resting on sectioned footblocks.
    French, early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 56 1116"
    144 cms
    43 1116"
    111 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 39 316"
    99.5 cms
    36 38"
    92.5 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15419

    An English Regency Welsh heather slate, aubergine hued, almost black bullseye chimneypiece. The moulded shelf rests above a reeded frieze which is centred by a plain rectangluar panel flanked by bullseye endblocks above reeded, panelled jambs supported on sturdy footblocks. English, circa 1830.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61 14"
    155.7 cms
    44 18"
    112 cms
    7 58"
    19.3 cms
    Internal 33 78"
    86.1 cms
    36 316"
    92 cms

    Listed Price: £3,800 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15178

    An elegant Louis XVI style fireplace surround, finely carved in Arabascato marble. The fluted frieze, beneath the moulded shelf, with a central floral garland panel is flanked by round rosette paterae on the endblocks. The fluted volute jambs topped by tumbling floral festoons and scrolled feet supported on sturdy footblocks. French, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 71 14"
    181 cms
    47 38"
    120.4 cms
    14 58"
    37 cms
    Internal 50 1316"
    129 cms
    36 78"
    93.8 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15429

    A large and imposing Statuary and Connemara marble Neoclassical style chimneypiece made in the Palladian manner. The wide stepped shelf rests above a band of substantial dentil carving, beneath which lies a Connemara marble frieze centred with a large Statuary tablet depicting playful cherubs riding an eagle, the tablet is flanked by bold Statuary carvings of mythical dragons. The paterae endblocks sit above plain, tapering Connemara columns on the jambs.
    English, circa 1890.

    Shown here with firebasket SNo 14151 not yet on the web.

    The Palladian style was named after the Venetian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) whose work and ideas were based on the symmetry and perspective of the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. His work hugely influenced European architecture from the early 17th century to the present day.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 12"
    186.6 cms
    58 14"
    148 cms
    12"
    30.5 cms
    Internal 43 18"
    109.5 cms
    41 1116"
    106 cms
  • Stock: 15422

    A French chimneypiece in finely veined Statuary Marble. The frieze of this charming Louis XVI fireplace surround is adorned with scrolling foliate and floral ormolu decoration within a beaded border. Square ormolu paterae decorate the endblocks above the tapering stop fluted console jambs enhanced with applied ormolu clusters. French, early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 55 14"
    140.5 cms
    42 58"
    108.3 cms
    9 38"
    24 cms
    Internal 39"
    99 cms
    32 14"
    82 cms

    Listed Price: £14,400 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 13556

    A carved Louis XVI style chimneypiece in Arabascata marble with a simple moulded shelf, floral garlands on the frieze and with fluted jambs decorated with large bellflowers.
    French, circa 1850.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 65 316"
    165.5 cms
    47"
    119.5 cms
    13 58"
    34.5 cms
    Internal 43 12"
    110.5 cms
    32 14"
    82 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15416

    An elegant and large Bolection fire surround in warm, cream coloured Italian Travertine with evidence of sedimentary deposits, the outer moulding sweeping in to a cushioned frame around the wide opening.
    English, or possibly Italian, early 20th century.

    Travertine is a sedimentary form of limestone usually deposited by mineral springs. The Italian quarry of Guidonia Montecello was one of the quarries chosen by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the building of the famous Colonnade of St. Peter's Square in Rome in 1656–1667 and Michelangelo also chose Travertine as the material for the external ribs of the dome of St Peter's Basilica.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63 78"
    162.4 cms
    42 12"
    108 cms
    3 12"
    9 cms
    Internal 47 316"
    120 cms
    36 316"
    92 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15420

    A small late Regency black slate chimneypiece. The mouldled shelf above a reeded frieze centred by a foliate panel flanked by large acanthus corbels on reeded, panelled jambs supported on plain footblocks.
    English, circa 1820.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 56 18"
    142.5 cms
    43 1116"
    111.1 cms
    9"
    22.8 cms
    Internal 33 78"
    86.2 cms
    36"
    91.5 cms

    Listed Price: £3,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15292

    A Statuary marble Regency chimneypiece. The moulded shelf above a panelled frieze, centred by a roundel, is supported by a pair of tapering, finely moulded, freestanding slender columns raised on stepped footblocks. Elegant in it's simplicity.
    English, circa1820.

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    Width Height Depth
    67 1116"
    172 cms
    49 316"
    125 cms
    11 1316"
    30 cms
    45 14"
    115 cms
    40 78"
    104 cms
  • Stock: 15421

    A Regency Welsh Heather slate chimneypiece in an aubergine hue. The moulded shelf above a cushioned frieze, centred by a rosette panel, flanked by large acanthus corbels above cushion moulded jambs.
    English, circa 1830.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 60 316"
    153 cms
    44 18"
    112.1 cms
    9 18"
    23.2 cms
    Internal 34 1116"
    88.1 cms
    35 1116"
    90.8 cms
  • Stock: 15404

    A traditional Victorian Statuary marble fire surround. The moulded shelf rests above a plain frieze flanked by large corbels, with shell detail skirts, on wide jambs raised on large footblocks. Similar to but smaller than fireplace SNo 15185. English, circa 1860.

    Shown here with firegrate SNo 15243 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 65 1116"
    167 cms
    44 12"
    113 cms
    11 38"
    29 cms
    Internal 36 38"
    92.5 cms
    36 316"
    92 cms

    Listed Price: £8,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • 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: 7360

    A large and very finely made replica Chimneypiece in the Italian Neo Classical manner in Statuary Marble inlaid with Cippolino, Portoro, Sienna, Breccia Colorato and Aegean Bordeaux specimen marbles. The egg and dart moulding beneath a breakfront shelf is above a frieze centred by a carved Statuary marble cartouche inlaid with Cippolino marble flanked by oval Portoro marble endblocks.

    Italian late 20th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 98 12"
    250.2 cms
    76"
    193 cms
    11 1116"
    29.8 cms
    Internal 61"
    154.9 cms
    50"
    127 cms
  • Stock: 11376

    A fine, late 18th century antique fireplace surround in Statuary marble with Spanish Brocatelle marble fluting and ingrounds. The breakfront shelf rests on a frieze with inlaid Brocatelle marble fluting, which is interspersed by delicately carved rosette paterae. The frieze is flanked by endblocks carved with pillar vases and trailing leaves above tapering fluted jambs raised on stepped footblocks.
    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: 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: 15279

    A very beautiful Louis XVI style Pavonazzo Marble chimneypiece. The finely carved frieze, of interlocking floral roundels beneath the moulded stepped shelf, is flanked by floral endblocks above panelled volute jambs. Each jamb is topped with tumbling carved acanthus leaf detail and rests on sturdy footblocks. French, late 19th century..

    Notes: Pavonazzo Marble is one of the many varieties of white Carrara marble and is valued for its fine black, grey, violet and honey veining. The name derives from the Italian word for peacock (pavone) and it is also referred to as Pavonazzetto. It has been used by the Romans since around 43 BC when quarrying began at Docimium and can be seen in the House of Augustus, as well as in the Temple of Mars and many of the grand Roman villas.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 58 78"
    149.5 cms
    47 18"
    119.7 cms
    13 78"
    35.2 cms
    Internal 40 58"
    103 cms
    36 12"
    92.7 cms
  • Stock: 7871

    An impressive and large Belgian Black Marble.Louis XV Rococo fireplace mantel. The richly carved serpentine frieze is centred by a dramatic, scrolled floral cartouche, flanked by panelled spandrels and generous 'C' scrolled endblocks above scrolled angled, acanthus clad jambs. French, circa 1850

    (photos before restoration and more to follow).

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    width height depth
    external 65 12"
    166.4 cms
    47"
    119.4 cms
    13 12"
    34.3 cms
    internal 45"
    114.3 cms
    37 12"
    95.2 cms

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

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  • 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: 15266

    A delicately veined blue/grey and white Breccia Marble antique chimneypiece in the French Empire style with a slow arched opening and deep side returns. French, circa 1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 50 14"
    127.7 cms
    41 14"
    105 cms
    13 58"
    34.5 cms
    Internal 35 316"
    89.5 cms
    33 18"
    84 cms

    Listed Price: £7,400 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 10088

    A small Regency antique fireplace surround in Statuary and inlaid Spanish Brocatelle marble. The frieze, beneath the moulded shelf, is inset with fluted Brocatelle panels and is centred by a Brocatelle roundel echoed on the end blocks. The plain inlaid fluted jambs are raised on simple foot blocks. Provenance known. English, early 19th century.

    Shown here with fire grate SNo 14205 now sold separately.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 53 12"
    136 cms
    45 12"
    115.5 cms
    7 78"
    20 cms
    Internal 35 316"
    89.5 cms
    37 18"
    94.3 cms

    Listed Price: £12,800 ( + 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
    Internal 46 18"
    117 cms
    38 38"
    97.5 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15278

    A very fine Louis XVI antique chimneypiece in a lightly veined, soft grey Bardiglio marble. The stepped shelf, with a bead and reel under band, rests on a beautifully carved foliate frieze of scrolling acanthus leaves framing a small floral cartouche above a band of bound rod moulding. Flanking the frieze are large square floral paterae supported on bold, stopped fluted volute jambs. French, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63 38"
    161 cms
    47 38"
    120.5 cms
    15"
    38 cms
    Internal 43 78"
    111.5 cms
    36 58"
    93 cms

    Listed Price: £18,200 ( + 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.