Antique English Regency fireplaces, chimneypieces and mantels including examples from the English Regency, and George IV periods in marble, limestone and wood.
The Regency period in Great Britain emerged after King George III was deemed unfit to rule - his son ruled as his proxy during this time and was known as the Prince Regent. Although The Regency period lasted a mere nine years (1811-1820), the Regency aesthetic extended beyond this time, encompassing emerging trends in literature, fashion and architecture - as is evidenced in the intricate designs of antique Regency fireplaces and chimneypieces.
A period of elegance
The Regency style is often noted for its elegance and advancements in the fine arts and architecture - throughout this era major social, political and economic changes were also taking place. During this period Regency fireplaces evolved to accommodate the larger mirrors favoured at the time - fireplaces were consequently made lower to allow for this new fashion, a technique already used in French fireplace designs many years prior.
A return to antiquity
Antique Regency fireplaces embody a departure from the glamorous, intricate designs of the past, into a simpler, more austere style. The major source of inspiration for Regency fire surrounds was found in Greek and Roman antiquity, from which designers borrowed both structural and ornamental elements. Antique Regency fire surrounds reflect a more reserved approach to the use of classical ornamentation. Corniced shelves were made simpler, and reeding became a popular decorating technique in many designs. Regency fireplaces embodied a more refined elegance than previous Georgian or French styles, featuring smooth lines and gentle curves. Due to their classic design, these fireplaces have become increasingly popular as additions to more modern interiors - incorporating Regency décor brings a classical and elegant feel to any home.