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.

  • 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

    Listed Price: £17,400 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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  • Stock: 15360

    A Louis XVI style Breche Violette Marble chimneypiece, with fine violet, rose, blue and gold veining on a white background. The breakfront shelf, with a moulded edge, rests above a wide fluted frieze flanked by rosette paterae on the endblocks above stop fluted jambs raised on stepped footblocks. Slightly smaller but similar to chimneypiece SNo 15366.
    French, late 19th century.

    Notes: Breche Violette Marble is an increasingly rare marble quarried near the town of Serravezza, close to the Carrara region in Italy. It is often found in grand Italian churches and was used to create the columns in the galleries of the Louvre Museum in Paris.

    Width Height Depth
    External 50 78"
    129.3 cms
    42 14"
    107.4 cms
    14 14"
    36.3 cms
    Internal 35 14"
    89.6 cms
    32 58"
    82.7 cms

    Listed Price: £9,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14475

    An elegant French Rococo style antique fireplace in finely figured black and gold Portoro marble, with a shaped opening and angled, panelled jambs. Shown here with firegrate SNo 13081 not included in the price.
    French, late 19th century.

    Shown here with fire grate SNo 13081 not included in the price.

    Notes: Varieties of Portoro Marble have been found in different parts of the world but the marble used to make this chimneypiece is of fine quality and almost certainly came from the quarries on the Island of Palmaria, in the Gulf of La Spezia, Italy. This marble was discovered and first extracted in Roman times and is rightly regarded worldwide as a luxury marble because of the high quality and the distinctive black and gold veining.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 59 18"
    150 cms
    40 58"
    103 cms
    15"
    38 cms
    Internal 44 78"
    114 cms
    35"
    89 cms

    Listed Price: £6,800 ( + 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
    56 1116"
    144 cms
    43 1116"
    111 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15251

    A Louis XVI style antique chimneypiece in softly hued grey, black and white Arabascato Marble. The moulded breakfront shelf rests above a stop fluted frieze flanked by finely carved floral endblocks. The scrolled stop fluted jambs are supported on sturdy footblocks in front of deep side returns.
    French, late 19th century.

    Notes: Arabascato Marble is from a bedrock quarry in the Apuan Mountains near Carrara in Italy and is a classic Italian marble. The black veining on the pure white background is synonymous with opulence and luxury and its simplicity works very well in both contemporary or traditional interiors.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 57 316"
    145.4 cms
    42 38"
    107.7 cms
    17 12"
    44.4 cms
    Internal 40 58"
    103.2 cms
    33"
    83.8 cms

    Listed Price: £9,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15336

    A most attractive Louis XVI style antique fire surround in rare Breche Violette Marble with fine violet, rose, blue and gold veining on a white background. The breakfront shelf, with a moulded edge, rests above a wide fluted frieze flanked by fluted endblocks above stop fluted jambs raised on stepped footblocks. Similar to but slightly larger than chimneypiece SNo 15360.
    French, late 19th century.

    Notes: Breche Violette Marble is quarried near the town of Serravezza, close to the Carrara region in Italy. It is often found in grand Italian churches and was used to create the columns in the galleries of the Louvre Museum in Paris.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 57 14"
    145.5 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
    14 38"
    36.5 cms
    Internal 39 58"
    100.6 cms
    31 38"
    79.7 cms

    Listed Price: £14,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15334

    A small finely carved Statuary Marble Louis XVI antique chimneypiece with a gently curved bow fronted shelf and frieze adorned with applied ormolu ornamentation in the form of laurel wreaths to the frieze, endblocks and the stop fluted jambs. French, early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 52 316"
    132.5 cms
    41 78"
    106.5 cms
    8 12"
    21.5 cms
    Internal 40 78"
    104 cms
    35 38"
    90 cms

    Listed Price: £9,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14757

    A large and imposing Louis XVI chimneypiece in Belgian Black Marble together with its original brass insert.The frieze and endblocks are carved in Red Languedoc Marble. The stepped moulded shelf rests above the wide ornately carved frieze centred by a female mask resting on a bed of scrolling leaf and rosette detail. The endblocks bear large and bold garlanded female masks above grand stop fluted console jambs raised 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: 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 raised on 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 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: 14866

    A Louis XV style Belgian Black Marble antique Rococo fireplace surround with a shaped moulded shelf above a panelled frieze centred by a plain roundel flanked by corbelled endblocks above fluted and scrolled angled jambs.
    French, late 19th century.

    (Shown here with andirons SNo 12469 not included).

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63"
    160 cms
    45 18"
    114.5 cms
    14 38"
    36.5 cms
    Internal 41 18"
    104.5 cms
    35 1316"
    91 cms

    Listed Price: £9,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • 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: 15325

    A small, lightly veined, Carrara Marble antique fireplace surround in the Louis XVI manner. The breakfront shelf rests above a panelled frieze flanked by well carved floral paterae on the endblocks. The tapering part fluted jambs are topped by shell and panel detail. French, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 40"
    101.7 cms
    43"
    109.3 cms
    11"
    28 cms
    Internal 28 14"
    72 cms
    32"
    81.3 cms

    Listed Price: £6,400 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 9940

    A very smart Louis XVI antique fireplace in Green Campan ribboned Marble. The curved breakfront shelf, supported on fluted guilloche decorated side panels, is set above a bow fronted frieze carved with interlocking guilloche motif flanked by floral paterae endblocks over scrolled, fluted and angled jambs with attractive side serrations.
    French 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 70 14"
    178.5 cms
    47 38"
    120.5 cms
    12 78"
    32.7 cms
    Internal 48 58"
    123.5 cms
    37 1316"
    96 cms

    Listed Price: £18,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15223

    A large arched Statuary Marble Victorian fireplace surround of simple design with Sienna Marble inlay. The wide stepped and moulded shelf sits above the arched opening with it's central paneled keystone and carved spandrels flanked by a pair of wide paneled inset jambs.
    English, mid 19th century.

    Shown here with firegrate SNo 15121 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 75 58"
    192 cms
    46 12"
    118 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 40"
    101.7 cms
    36"
    91.5 cms

    Listed Price: £9,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14321

    A mid Victorian white Statuary Marble fireplace with boldly carved floral corbels flanking the plain frieze which is centred by a basket of summer flowers. English, circa 1860.

    Shown here with insert Stock No 14341 not included in the price.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 74"
    188 cms
    48 14"
    122.8 cms
    14 1316"
    37.6 cms
    Internal 40 316"
    102.2 cms
    38 78"
    98.8 cms

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

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  • Stock: 15274

    A small 20th century Neoclassical style Statuary Marble chimneypiece in the manner of Adam with a Sienna Marble frieze and ingrounds. The frieze is centred by a Statuary Marble tablet which features a pair of seated cherubs either side of a bust of Homer within a classical landscape. One cherub has a hand on Homers forehead, the other has a hand on an open book and both are holding bones the whole possibly a representation of Learning. The tablet is flanked by a pair of carved ewers on the endblocks set above jambs fronted by elegant Statuary ionic pilasters raised on neat footblocks. Removed from a house in Cornwall. English, mid 20th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 62"
    157.5 cms
    51 18"
    129.7 cms
    7 14"
    18.5 cms
    Internal 38 14"
    97.3 cms
    38"
    96.5 cms

    Listed Price: £18,000 ( + 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: 7686

    A delicate Louis XVI style veined Statuary Marble and gilt ormolu antique fireplace mantel. The panelled frieze,with ormolu bell flower swags, is flanked by square ormolu paterae end blocks supported on stop fluted pilaster jambs decorated with ormolu husks.

    French, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 57 12"
    146 cms
    42"
    106.7 cms
    17 316"
    43.8 cms
    Internal 40 1116"
    103.5 cms
    32"
    81.3 cms

    Listed Price: £9,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 9752

    An elegant, understated and refined English Regency chimneypiece in white Statuary Marble. The moulded shelf supported on finely fluted panelled jambs under triple carved circular rosettes on the endblocks. English, circa 1830.

    Photo before restoration

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    width height depth
    External 76"
    193 cms
    46 12"
    118 cms
    13"
    33 cms
    Internal 53"
    134.5 cms
    39 58"
    100.5 cms

    Listed Price: £18,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 8153

    A very large Baroque style Victorian bolection chimneypiece in darkly hued Ashburton Marble. The wide simply moulded shelf rests above a deep panelled frieze beneath which is a flat moulded bolection surround centred by a keystone supported on integral footblocks. English, circa 1850.

    Image before restoration.

    Ashburton Marble: In 1852 a Devon newspaper 'The Western Times', 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.

    Width Height Depth
    External 90 316"
    229 cms
    62 316"
    158 cms
    8 18"
    20.5 cms
    Internal 66 18"
    168 cms
    40 316"
    102 cms

    Listed Price: £9,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14950

    An early 20th century Neoclassical style Statuary and Sienna Marble chimneypiece. The Sienna panelled frieze beneath the stepped moulded shelf is centred by a carved Statuary Marble plaque depicting Venus and Cupid. Finely carved floral paterae adorn the endblocks above tapering, panelled Sienna columns on the jambs. English, circa 1920.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61 14"
    155.7 cms
    51 12"
    130.8 cms
    8 12"
    21.6 cms
    Internal 36 18"
    91.8 cms
    40 316"
    102 cms

    Listed Price: £8,200 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15234

    An early Georgian style white statuary marble fire surround with a verde antico Marble frieze and breccia verde seravezza slips and jambs. The frieze, beneath a moulded shelf, is mounted with a central plaque of stylised urn, bellflowers and scrolling acanthus leaves and is supported by a pair of large and finely carved caryatids fronting the jambs. English, early 20th century with mid 19th century elements.

    Shown here with firegrate SNo 14236 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 60"
    152.3 cms
    48"
    122 cms
    8 18"
    20.5 cms
    Internal 40"
    101.5 cms
    38 18"
    96.7 cms

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

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  • Stock: 14207

    An unusually tall and elegant Louis XV style Rococo antique fireplace including a decorative insert richly veined Saint Anne marble. The deeply moulded serpentine shelf is set above the panelled frieze, centred by a carved Rococo clam shell cartouche, flanked by smaller shell endblock over tall angled, scrolled and panelled console jambs.
    French, late 19th century.

    Note. The last two images show the fireplace with the later decorative steel and brass insert on a wooden frame. It is not suitable for use with a real fire.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61"
    155 cms
    50"
    127 cms
    15 316"
    38.5 cms
    Internal 44 18"
    112 cms
    43 1116"
    111 cms

    Listed Price: £12,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 7566

    ITALIAN PALAZZO CAMINO.
    One of a near pair, with SNo 7565, of very large Italian Palazzo antique chimneypieces in Rouge Verona Marble. The scrolled bracketed frieze supporting a large moulded shelf over a deeply moulded Bolection on plain footblocks.

    Italian, 17th century bolection surmounted by a later entabluture and shelf.

    Shown here with andirons SNo 15249 no included.

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    width height depth
    external 81"
    205.7 cms
    75 1116"
    192.4 cms
    9 14"
    23.5 cms
    internal 56 316"
    142.8 cms
    51 38"
    130.5 cms

    Listed Price: £18,500 ( + 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: 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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    A late 18th century Georgian chimneypiece carved in Statuary Marble with Verde Antico frieze panels and slips to the opening. This chimneypiece was carved by the sculptor Thomas Carter (d.1795) and designed by the architect Charles Cameron, who installed it at 15 Hanover Square, London W1 c.1774 - a property which has subsequently been demolished. It was almost certainly designed for one of the principle rooms in the house. The Statuary Marble chimneypiece is boldly carved, uniting both Neoclassical and Palladian ideals to create an ornate yet elegantly balanced piece. The central tablet is carved in high relief with a depiction of putti representing the Arts, Sciences, Knowledge and Industry. It is centred on the frieze beneath the wide breakfront shelf and is in turn flanked by a pair of large stylised, foliate endblocks which sit above the sweeping 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 published by John Tiranti in 1927 (please see the scanned image below).

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    219 cms
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    43 1116"
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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.