A fine Louis XVI style antique fireplace mantel in rare beautifully gold veined Portoro Marble. The moulded rectangular shelf is set above a simple panelled frieze which is flanked by a pair of square endblocks supported on moulded and fluted corbels above panelled jambs raised on simple footblocks.
French, late 19th century.
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 it's quality and the distinctive black and gold veining.
Link to: Antique French chimneypieces inc. Louis XVI, French Empire fireplace mantels.