A most attractive French Louis XVI columned antique fireplace surround in very fine black and gold veined Portoro Marble. The moulded shelf is set above a fluted and cushion panelled freeze which is flanked by a pair of lozenge endblocks resting on full round free standing columns fronting the jambs supported on stepped footblocks. French early to mid 19th century.
Shown here with fire grate SNo 12497 now sold.
Notes: Varieties of Portoro Marble have been found in different parts of the world but the marble used to make this chimneypiece is of the highest quality and could only have come 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.
Link to: Antique French chimneypieces inc. Louis XVI, French Empire fireplace mantels.