A chic Louis XVI fireplace mantel carved in Breche Violette Marble with applied ormolu mounts in the manner of Pierre Gouthiere (1732-1813) who was appointed ciseliste, doreur, bronze chaser and gilder by Aux Menus Plaisirs du Roi, Palais de Versailles in France. The shelf is set above an inset frieze applied with a scrolling foliate mount with flanking ormolu paterae on the endblocks above the jambs which are fronted by a pair of beautiful finely tapering stop fluted columns, each in the form of a stylised quiver of arrows resting on elegant footblocks. Image before the re-instatement of the ormolu on the right hand column.
French, late 19th century.
Shown here but not included are chenets SNo 14433.
Link to: Antique English Regency chimneypieces inc. Louis XVI, French Empire and George IV fireplace mantels.