Georgian & Neo-Classical Fireplaces - Westland London Antiques

Neoclassical & Georgian, including Adam and Palladian, English, Scottish, Irish & Italian antique fireplaces, mantels and chimneypieces in marble, stone and wood.

  • Stock: 15840

    A large and rare neoclassical chimneypiece in a soft, honey toned sandstone. Very much in the manner of William Kent, and therefore Palladian in style, this grand chimneypiece bears a thick shelf carved with a bold egg and dart moulding and a delicately carved foliate undershelf. Both rest on a beautifully carved half-barrel frieze, with acanthus paterae carved in a cross-hatch arrangement, centred by a blank tablet. The half pilaster jambs with ionic capitals are carved with bead and reel details and enclose the flat crossette cornered ingrounds, with further egg and dart and leaf and dart mouldings.

    English, mid-20th century.

    Notes: William Kent was the preeminent architect of the early Georgian period and the father of Palladianism. His style was informed both by antiquity and the bold style of the Italian Baroque, which was introduced to him on his tour of Italy. He was the first British architect to consider the interior as part of the whole decorative scheme, and designed furniture and other the small details necessary to complete a room.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 75 12"
    191.7 cms
    59 1316"
    152 cms
    12"
    30.5 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    46 316"
    117.3 cms
  • Stock: 16124

    A fine statuary marble Regency chimneypiece in the manner of Samuel Wyatt (1737-1807). The plain shelf sits over a slender panelled frieze, which is flanked by stylised oak leaf endblocks over jambs finely carved with ribbon tied oak leaves and acorns. This chimneypiece is reminiscent of the work of Samuel Wyatt, as the carving on the jambs is remarkably similar to his chimneypiece designed for Sundridge Park.
    English, c.1805.

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    width height depth
    External 63 38"
    161 cms
    45 18"
    114.5 cms
    9 38"
    24 cms
    Internal 39 12"
    100.3 cms
    35 316"
    89.3 cms
  • Stock: 15880

    A small antique neo-classical statuary marble chimneypiece with green Campan marble inlay. The finely carved central tablet depicting Diana the huntress reclining attended by a pair of hunting dogs. This is flanked by a fluted frieze inlayed with green Campan marble and a pair of deeply carved foliate circular paterae corner blocks, all supported on inlayed fluted jambs on simple moulded footbloocks.
    English, Circa 1800.

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    width height depth
    External 60 1116"
    154.2 cms
    45 14"
    115 cms
    8 1116"
    22.2 cms
    Internal 39 12"
    100.4 cms
    35 38"
    90 cms
  • Stock: 15789

    An elegant neoclassical revival statuary marble chimneypiece, with Connemara marble inlay. The stepped shelf rests above a Connemara marble frieze, which is mounted with a floral tablet, beautifully carved with ribbon tied swags of flowers. Either side of the frieze,the endblocks are carved with urns after the antique, and these stand above the jambs, with tapered pilasters which are finely inlaid with Connemara volutes.
    English, c. 1920.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 60 58"
    154 cms
    47 1116"
    121.2 cms
    6"
    15.2 cms
    Internal 38 12"
    97.7 cms
    36 12"
    92.7 cms
  • Stock: 15547

    A rare Scottish pine and composition chimneypiece by Richard Foster of Edinburgh.

    The chimneypiece was designed with the coastal landscape of the East Coast of Scotland in mind and is profusely decorated in exquisite detail whilst maintaining the elegant restraint of a neoclassical chimneypiece.

    The breakfront shelf rests above an undershelf studded with acorns and mushrooms which in turn is supported by two eagles on the endblocks. The eagles are modelled after a Roman Imperial Eagle in Horace Walpole’s collection, found in the gardens of Boccapadugli and displayed by Walpole at his Strawberry Hill Home. These details frame the remarkable frieze which is a celebration of the Scottish coast; profusely decorated with seaweed, shells, sea cucumber and crabs, all in high relief.

    Most remarkable of all is the exquisite central tablet, which depicts Lady Emma Hamilton leaning on a ship’s anchor whilst gazing out to sea at the distant HMS Victory, the ship on which he would meet his heroic end. This scene is surrounded by a profusion of seashells and seaweed.

    The underfrieze makes a departure from the coastal theme, and instead entwines thorny roses with the Scottish emblem of the thistle.

    The jambs return to a more restrained neoclassicism, with engaged slender pilasters resting on plain footblocks. The original Kilkenny fossil marble slips are still present, which is a lovely feature.

    Scottish, c.1805.

    Provenance: Removed from an elegant Georgian house on the East Coast of Scotland, near Edinburgh.

    Notes:

    Chimneypieces of this manufacture were a speciality of Richard Foster of Edinburgh and his son and examples survive not only in Scotland but also in the United States and Canada, where he seemed to create a strong market for them in the late 18th century.
    Richard Foster was born in Canonbie, the Scottish Borders, in 1755. At the age of fourteen, he was recorded as having a bank account in London, presumably as he was serving as an apprentice there, perhaps to the Adam Brothers as they too were in London at this time. In 1785 he returned to Edinburgh, working as a "joiner" and married to the daughter of a wealthy leather merchant. His chimneypieces were sold not only in Scotland, but in the USA, a bold move only a few years after American Independence was declared! This is perhaps why he avoided becoming a prominent figure in Scottish social and intellectual circles, as selling to Britain's former colonies would have been regarded as treachery in many cases.
    The pine and composition chimneypiece he perfected made the rational principles and beauty of classicism affordable to the growing mercantile and professional class emerging in the 18th century. These clients wished to express their cultural understanding through objects that conveyed the principles they admired, the chimneypiece was one such highly prized object.
    The Adam brothers (Robert and James) were well known for promoting their designs to the masses, and it is the pine and composition chimneypiece they made for the emerging middle class in Edinburgh that have become synonymous with the "Adam Style". However, Foster was a true master of the technique, and his designs are some of the most delicate and finely manufactured ever made.
    In the 1770s, the technique of applying a cast composition onto pine really took off in Scotland, especially with the construction of many new houses, such as those in Edinburgh's New Town. The process of cast composition can be described as essentially a thermo plastic mix of chalk, glue size, and other additives heated up to a precise temperature then pressed into wood or brimstone moulds. These could then be applied to a simple pine surround and painted if desired. Foster was commissioned to make designs unique to clients, so there may only be a single example of a particular design, but these usually incorporate existing decorative motifs.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 78 1316"
    200.1 cms
    62 58"
    159 cms
    7 78"
    20.1 cms
    Internal 52"
    132 cms
    45 14"
    115 cms
  • Stock: 15548

    A rare pine and composition chimneypiece by Richard Foster of Edinburgh. The chimneypiece is a celebration of the Scottish coast, and painstaking care has been taken to render the sea life and flora with a great deal of accuracy. The composition decoration has also been carefully wood-grained to make it appear like carved pine; this finish is a great survival.
    The inverted breakfront shelf sits above a band of composition moulded into acorns and mushrooms, and the frieze is decorated with swags of ribboned bellflowers in the neoclassical taste. Between these swags is the unusual detail of a fan of seaweed at their centre, a request of the patron no doubt.
    The central tablet has a floral ribboned swag studded with roses and other small blooms and the centre is filled with a spray of flowers and ferns within a woven basket. The endblocks feature a bound posy of roses and the jambs are decorated with trailing oak leaves and acorns. A very fine thing.

    Scottish, c.1800.

    Notes:
    Richard Foster was born in Canonbie, the Scottish Borders, in 1755. At the age of fourteen, he was recorded as having a bank account in London, presumably as he was serving as an apprentice there, perhaps to the Adam Brothers as they too were in London at this time. In 1785 he returned to Edinburgh, working as a "joiner" and married to the daughter of a wealthy leather merchant. His chimneypieces were sold not only in Scotland, but in the USA, a bold move only a few years after American Independence was declared! This is perhaps why he avoided becoming a prominent figure in Scottish social and intellectual circles, as selling to Britain's former colonies would have been regarded as treachery in many cases. The pine and composition chimneypiece he perfected made the rational principles and beauty of classicism affordable to the growing mercantile and professional class emerging in the 18th century. These clients wished to express their cultural understanding through objects that conveyed the principles they admired, the chimneypiece was one such highly prized object. The Adam brothers (Robert and James) were well known for promoting their designs to the masses, and it is the pine and composition chimneypiece they made for the emerging middle class in Edinburgh that have become synonymous with the "Adam Style". However, Foster was a true master of the technique, and his designs are some of the most delicate and finely manufactured ever made.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 66 12"
    169 cms
    58 12"
    148.6 cms
    7 14"
    18.6 cms
    Internal 48 18"
    122.3 cms
    45 1116"
    116 cms
  • Stock: 15537

    A very elegant Regency pine and gesso chimneypiece decorated in the Adam style. The inverted breakfront shelf is decorated with a beaded cornice and sits above an elegant frieze decorated with opposing gryphons holding ribbons of bellflowers in their beaks, centred by urns on stands. The tablet is more naturalistic, with Venus and attendants depicted in a pastoral landscape. The slender endblocks are decorated with classical urns on stands, and rest above the gently fluted pilaster jambs.

    English, c.1810.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 316"
    186 cms
    61 18"
    155.1 cms
    7"
    17.7 cms
    Internal 54 1116"
    139 cms
    48"
    122 cms
  • Stock: 14786

    A rather magnificent and beautifully carved twin columned Palladian style Victorian walnut antique fireplace mantel. The shelf, under carved with scrolling foliate detail, rests above a stop fluted frieze centred by a plaque with a stylised urn and trailing acanthus leaves and fronds. Each of the endblocks, with large heraldic cartouche, sit above twin pairs of finely carved stop fluted tapering columns supported on substantial footblocks. The fireplace opening with a border of shell and tongue is centred by a scrolled panel of angels, amid further foliage, immediately beneath the plaque. English, circa 1880.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 12271 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 89 316"
    226.5 cms
    62 58"
    159 cms
    12"
    30.5 cms
    Internal 50 1316"
    129 cms
    43 12"
    110.5 cms
  • 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
  • Stock: 11303

    An exquisitely carved pine and limewood mid Georgian fire surround.The pediment shelf, undercarved with lambs tongue, leaf & dart and bead enrichment, rests above a plain pine frieze centred by a panel of delicately carved limewood rosebud sprigs. The endblocks with equally finely carved limewood urns sit above panelled jambs with Corinthian capitals and ascending foliate motifs. By repute removed from Holy Rood House in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
    English, late 18th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 68 1316"
    174.8 cms
    56 78"
    144.4 cms
    6 14"
    16 cms
    Internal 46 78"
    119 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
  • Stock: 15195

    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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    Width Height Depth
    86 316"
    219 cms
    63 12"
    161.2 cms
    12"
    30.6 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
    43 1116"
    111 cms
  • Stock: 15202

    A finely carved Statuary Marble George III chimneypiece with a musical theme. The reeded frieze, beneath the moulded shelf, is centred by a carved tablet of a muse playing her harp with a putti beside her holding her music. The musical theme is echoed in the carved trumpets, drums and symbols on the endblocks set above the reeded jambs. This fine Georgian fire surround was at one time in a large house in a village in Hampshire. English, circa 1800 - 1810.

    Shown here with fire grate SNo 14862 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 53 1316"
    136.7 cms
    49 38"
    125.6 cms
    10"
    25.5 cms
    Internal 35 12"
    90.2 cms
    40 38"
    102.5 cms
  • Stock: 7944

    A decorative Georgian style chimneypiece in Statuary & Sienna marble with a moulded breakfront shelf above a central panel. This panel depicts a group of playful putti wrestling a ram, bearing a mask and climbing a tree in a forest setting, bordered by oval paterae and bellflower garlands and putti endblocks over similarly carved jambs. English, circa 1890.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 10350 now sold.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 70"
    177.8 cms
    59 12"
    151.1 cms
    7 12"
    19 cms
    Internal 41 1116"
    106 cms
    43 12"
    110.5 cms
  • Stock: 14780

    A tall and finely made white Statuary Marble Georgian chimneypiece. The wide corniced shelf rests above the plain frieze which is centred by a tablet depicting The Triumph of Love. Flanking the frieze are laurel wreathed endblocks above fielded jambs with corbels in the form of stylised fern fronds terminating in bellflowers. This antique fireplace exudes the simple elegance characteristic of the period. English, circa 1790.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 74 1316"
    190 cms
    59 58"
    151.5 cms
    7 12"
    19 cms
    Internal 45 14"
    115 cms
    43 58"
    110.8 cms
  • Stock: 14357

    A finely carved Georgian style Statuary Marble mid Victorian antique fireplace surround. The moulded shelf rests above the delicately veined Sienna Marble fluted freeze, with alternating medallions, centred by a large garlanded urn tablet. Oval rosette paterae adorn the endblocks above tall stylised flambeau urn and vase carved detail on the jambs. English, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 69 1316"
    177.3 cms
    57"
    144.7 cms
    7 12"
    19 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    40 78"
    104 cms
  • Stock: 14850

    A high and handsome large antique Coalbrookdale cast iron Victorian fireplace surround with an athemion decorative frieze centred by a plaque with swag and medallion in the Neoclassical style. The wide shelf above a dentil border rests on a pair of free standing, full round reeded columns with ionic capitals fronting the jambs.
    English, circa 1870.

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    width height depth
    external 75 38"
    191.5 cms
    55 12"
    141 cms
    11 38"
    29 cms
    internal 42 12"
    108 cms
    39 18"
    99.3 cms
  • Stock: 10497

    A beautifully carved and pleasantly patinated early pine and gesso antique fireplace surround the shelf with a delicately carved border above repeating foliate bands, the frieze centred by gambolling putti within a medallion and with draped bellflowers and tied reeded bands either side within a beaded panel, flanked by carved figural endblocks above tied tapering reeded jambs.
    English, early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 56 1116"
    144 cms
    53 1116"
    136.5 cms
    5 12"
    14 cms
    Internal 44 18"
    112 cms
    44 14"
    112.4 cms
  • Stock: 14397

    A fine Edwardian Georgian style Statuary and inlaid Verde Antico marble chimneypiece, with a moulded shelf above inlaid dentil detail, an inlaid fluted frieze with a central tablet of cavorting cherubs flanked by oval panels of hunting cherubs and with finely carved classical maidens on the endblocks set above descending bellflowers, medallions and swags on the jambs.
    English, circa 1900.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 82 12"
    209.5 cms
    65 316"
    165.5 cms
    9 14"
    23.5 cms
    Internal 50 18"
    127.2 cms
    45 1116"
    116 cms
  • Stock: 14311

    A fine George III white Statuary Marble antique chimneypiece in the manner of Robert Adam. The fluted frieze, centred by a tablet depicting three seated musical maidens, is flanked by further musical maidens on the endblocks which are set above jambs with carved garlanded maidens on podiums and motifs emblematic of Springtime.
    English late 18th century.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 13829 not included in the price.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 38"
    186.5 cms
    55 58"
    141.3 cms
    7 38"
    18.7 cms
    Internal 44 14"
    112.5 cms
    42 38"
    107.7 cms
  • Stock: 14436

    A large and stately Palladian style columned antique fireplace mantel in beautiful finely veined green Campan Marble. The colonnade frieze set with small panels alternating with fluted piers, the jambs fronted by pairs of free standing, tapering columns resting on tall and sturdy panelled footblocks.
    Belgian, mid to late 19th century.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 13863 not included in the price.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 67 18"
    170.5 cms
    50"
    127 cms
    16 1116"
    42.5 cms
    Internal 37 38"
    95 cms
    36 38"
    92.5 cms
  • Stock: 8395

    A large elegant George III style antique fireplace surround carved in pine & gesso in the style of Adam. The central plaque decorated with Arabesque floral scrolls and urns, set on a stop fluted frieze flanked by oval floral paterae on the endblocks above scrolled jambs with applied acanthus and descending bellflower decoration and with abundant husk detail edging throughout. English, mid to late 19th century.

    Shown here with fire grate SNo 8260 now sold.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 77 12"
    196.8 cms
    61 12"
    156.2 cms
    6 14"
    16 cms
    Internal 56 1116"
    144.1 cms
    48 1116"
    123.8 cms
  • Stock: 14147

    A refined and elegant Edwardian Neoclassical style antique fireplace, in white statuary and Verdi Antico marble. The central plaque is decorated with a finely carved urn surrounded by bell flower swags tied with ribbons. The inlaid Verdi Antico Greek key pattern frieze panels are flanked by oval floral paterae end blocks, set beneath the deeply moulded and stepped shelf with dental and pearl bead detail. The jambs are in the form of subtly scrolling, fluted console pilasters over small footblocks. The fireplace opening is framed by a simple moulded architrave.
    English, circa 1910.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 66 12"
    169 cms
    53 18"
    135 cms
    7 18"
    18 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    40"
    101.5 cms
  • Stock: 11718

    A Neoclassical style white statuary antique marble chimneypiece with a deeply moulded shelf, the plain frieze centred by a central plaque decorated with a bell flower swag. The fireplace opening is bordered by gold veined black Portoro marble ingrounds with a white bull nose moulding.
    English, early 20th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 57 12"
    146 cms
    49"
    124.5 cms
    7 14"
    18.5 cms
    Internal 36"
    91.5 cms
    36"
    91.5 cms
  • Stock: 13350

    A very fine and perfectly proportioned Statuary and Sienna marble chimneypiece in the manner of James Wyatt 1746 - 1813, architect to King George III.

    The chimneypiece has a beautifully sculpted, inlaid frieze centred with an exquisitely carved tablet depicting a central classical urn hung with flower-bud festoons and flanked by two classical muses. Almost identical tablets by James Wyatt can be seen on the chimneypieces at Heveningham Hall, Suffolk completed in 1799. The frieze panels, either side of the tablet, are inlaid with richly figured Convent Siena marble and overlaid by finely carved roundels depicting musical instruments and centred with classical vases spilling over with fruits, berries and leaves repeated on the end blocks. The bed moulding beneath the frieze is carved with stylised anthemion motifs on trailing stems.

    The frieze is supported by attached Ionic columns of finely figured Sienna marble. The chimneypiece is surmounted by a break fronted shelf, the leading edge carved with a bead and reel decoration beneath which is a layer of dentil moulding inlaid with Sienna marble. (Shown together with Register Grate SNo 12910, Andirons SNo 12867 & a pair of Firetools not included in the price.)

    English, circa 1880.

    Provenance:
    Removed from Crowe Hall, a restored Regency Grade II Listed property, near Bath in Somerset, England. The Hall built around 1780 for a Brigadier Crowe was restored after a serious fire in 1926, requisitioned by the Admiralty during World War II and bought in 1961 by Sir Sydney Barratt (1898-1975), the eminent physicist, inventor, industrialist and art connoisseur.

    Sir Sydney had inherited from his father a life long passion for The Arts and by 1961 had amassed a superb Collection of mostly 18th century pieces with which he filled the rooms of The Hall replacing the more flamboyant Victorian fire surround in the entrance hall with this exquisite chimneypiece. Sir Sydney died in 1975 and his son John, also a passionate connoisseur of The Arts, took over the stewardship of the Hall. When he died in 2005 the greater part of The Collection was sold at auction at Christie's.

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    Width Height Depth
    83 18"
    211 cms
    63"
    160 cms
    10"
    25.5 cms
    52 316"
    132.5 cms
    48 58"
    123.5 cms
  • Stock: 8512

    A large and grand painted pine & gesso Adam style Georgian fireplace surround. The breakfront shelf over a foliate decorated central tablet and frieze, supported on tapered columns with Ionic capitals.
    Photo before restoration.
    English, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 83 18"
    211 cms
    58 18"
    147.5 cms
    13"
    33 cms
    Internal 48"
    122 cms
    41 1116"
    106 cms
  • Stock: 8458

    A small early 20th century English Regency style chimneypiece in Statuary Marble with green Scagliola inlaid flutes on the frieze panels and the tapering jambs, the central panel is decorated with a fanned oval paterae with two smaller floral panels either side flanked by oval paterae endblocks.
    English, circa 1930.(photo before restoration).

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    Width Height Depth
    External 57"
    144.7 cms
    42 1316"
    108.8 cms
    7 14"
    18.5 cms
    Internal 35 78"
    91.2 cms
    36 12"
    92.6 cms
  • Stock: 13801

    A highly decorative carved pine chimneypiece mantel in the George III style. The central plaque on the frieze, depicting three putti carrying a deer, is flanked by floral and fruiting swags. The twin foliate paterae on the endblocks are set above rams heads from which garlands tumble down the jambs. The opening is edged with egg and dart detail.
    English, late 19th century.

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    width height depth
    External 63 38"
    161 cms
    56 1116"
    144 cms
    6 12"
    16.5 cms
    Internal 36 1316"
    93.5 cms
    41 1116"
    106 cms
  • Stock: 13578

    A stately and very well proportioned Georgian style breakfront chimneypiece in statuary and verde antico marble. The freeze, inlaid with verde antico blind flutes and centred by a finely carved 18th century tablet depicting Mercury and Venus instructing Cupid, is flanked with simple rectangular endblocks typical of the Georgian period. The fluted columns, surmounted by Ionic capitals, are of a very fine quality. The fireplace opening is edged with egg and dart decoration. Irish circa 1850.

    Note: The 18th century tablet replaces the original simpler 19th century tablet of a female mask.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 83 18"
    211 cms
    60 316"
    153 cms
    15"
    38 cms
    Internal 48 316"
    122.5 cms
    43 1116"
    111 cms
  • Stock: 13521

    A decorative 19th century statuary and siena marble chimneypiece with an 18th century tablet depicting mythological beasts & an urn flanked by swagged paterae with further urns on the endblocks.

    Shown together with a large and very rare George Bullock inlaid brass Register Grate, SNo 13522, not included in the price.

    English mid 19th century and with later elements.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 76 316"
    193.5 cms
    54 14"
    138 cms
    8 14"
    21 cms
    Internal 48 1316"
    124 cms
    39 58"
    100.5 cms
  • Stock: 10667

    A grand and imposing 19th century marble antique chimneypiece mantel in the Palladian manner. The substantial white statuary marble shelf over a barrel frieze in Verde Tinos marble inlaid with a Statuary and Sienna marble guilloche pattern centred and flanked by three high relief carved Siena marble Roman lion masks supported on massive " C " scrolled brackets above strapwork decoration on the jambs. Italian, late 19th century.

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    width height depth
    External 85 1316"
    218 cms
    60 316"
    153 cms
    15"
    38.1 cms
    Internal 53 18"
    135 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
  • Stock: 13385

    An elegant white Statuary Marble Chimneypiece in the late Georgian manner, the central Jasperware plaque on the frieze depicting maidens and children at a flower market with bouquets and sprays of flowers, flanked by a pair of ornate athemion carvings echoed on the endblocks and with fluted jambs terminating in ribboned swags.
    English, circa 1870s.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 54 18"
    137.5 cms
    43 1116"
    111 cms
    6 14"
    16 cms
    Internal 39 38"
    100 cms
    36 316"
    92 cms
  • Stock: 13331

    A tall carved pine fireplace surround, in the George III manner, with a highly carved frieze of griffins, fruits and swags. Originally with coloured marble slips which we can supply in antique green Connemara marble, black Kilkenny marble or veined white Statuary marble.
    English, circa 1890.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 71"
    180.4 cms
    58 1116"
    149 cms
    6 18"
    15.5 cms
    Internal 51 58"
    131 cms
    44 316"
    112.2 cms
  • Stock: 13273

    A fine late Georgian style pine and gesso fireplace surround the frieze centred by a plaque with wheatsheafs and bluebells flanked by floral garlands and classically styled urn endblocks above delicate tumbling floral carvings on the jambs.
    English early 19th century.

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    Width Height
    External 66 78"
    170 cms
    60 58"
    154 cms
    Internal 48 1316"
    124 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
  • Stock: 13470

    An early 20th century Neo Classical style white statuary & porphyry marble fireplace surround, the fluted frieze centred with a 19th century tablet depicting putti gathering a grape harvest, with swag draped urn endblocks above tapering half round fluted jambs entwined with foliate decoration.
    The scene was possibly taken from original drawings, artist unknown please see images below, which may have been part of a series depicting The Harvest as shown in The Connoisseur Magazine Oct 1911 pages 99 & 103.
    English early 20th century incorporating earlier elements.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61"
    155 cms
    48 38"
    123 cms
    7 18"
    18 cms
    Internal 37"
    94 cms
    38 38"
    97.5 cms
  • Stock: 9206

    A Statuary,Sienna marble and Scagliola inlaid marble chimneypiece in the Adam style. The moulded shelf above an inlaid faux fluted freize centred by a rectangular tablet applied with a drapery hung urn, the corresponding faux fluted jambs with urn cappings, on block feet.
    English circa 1930.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 62 18"
    157.8 cms
    48 1316"
    124 cms
    7 12"
    19 cms
    Internal 40 58"
    103 cms
    37 58"
    95.5 cms
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Georgian and Neoclassical fireplaces
Our collection of antique Neoclassical and Georgian fireplaces, chimneypieces and mantels comprises an impressive range in marble, wood and occasionally stone. Whether you wish to complement an existing Georgian or Neoclassical interior or add a touch of period style to a modern room, our Georgian and Neoclassical fireplaces are a great way to make a statement.

The Georgian Era
The Georgian era was a fascinating moment in British Art, Architecture, Design and Culture. This period saw the foundation of the Royal Academy of Art and the British Museum, and nurtured some of the finest architects, Robert Adam, John Nash and John Soane. The Georgian monarchy was a Hanoverian one; founded when the protestant George I ascended to the throne following the death of Queen Anne, his cousin. This Hanoverian monarchy ruled at a time of enormous colonial expansion, economic instability and even saw the birth of the Industrial Revolution. Despite the political and social unrest, the royal family were voracious patrons of the arts, and can be credited with nurturing some of the finest design talent of the time, including the revered architect and designer, Robert Adam.

Period Design Features
There was such a broadening and oscillation in artistic style during this period that it is perhaps more accurate to speak of “Georgian styles.” Palladianism, Neoclassicism and the English Rococo all thrived during the eighteenth-century. The overriding sense was a withdrawal from the heavy opulence of the Baroque style. Classical restraint was certainly favoured; symmetry, proportion and elegance were esteemed characteristics of the period. This was in part due to the popularity of the Grand Tour which highlighted some of the greatest sights of antiquity, and provided invaluable inspiration for both the patrons and designers of the 18th century.

Georgian Fireplaces
The Georgian fireplace embodied the favoured architectural characteristics of the period. Classical proportion and features evocative of Greek and Roman architecture were employed to create a grand and elegant focal point in the Georgian home. The Georgian period is often applauded for its development of domestic architecture also; vast swathes in cities and towns were being redeveloped with elegant terraces and villas, each with their own chimneypieces.

A revolution in Georgian fireplace design
Robert Adam was a seminal figure of the 18th century, and it is perhaps his designs for chimneypieces which are most well-known. Adam had studied in Rome and when he returned to Britain in 1758, opened up an architectural practice with his brother James, becoming the leading figure of the classical revival. The firm’s movement away from the rigid Palladianism of the late 17th century led to a lighter, more whimsical classical style. Their firm was not limited to architecture alone; it produced finished interiors using furniture and fittings of their design. As leading architects to Britain’s aristocracy and royalty, they also sought to show that good, harmonious design had a wider civic purpose. The Adam brothers sought democratise taste with a number of ambitious civic projects.

Adam style fireplaces
Adam fireplaces are instantly recognised by their crisp classical motifs carved in low relief in the form of central tablets and endblocks, and pilastered or columned jambs. Their elegance, designed to complement the finest architecture, is unquestionable
The firm also pioneered a pine and composition chimneypiece which is now an iconic part of 18th century design. This composition was made from a secret recipe and could be applied to wooden frames and treated with a number of finishes, such as gilt, paint, and faux marble. It meant that decorative chimneypieces could be manufactured far more quickly than the traditional limewood or marble chimneypieces, allowing the firm to keep pace with the rapid rate of house construction. They were also more affordable, and allowed more modest homes to enjoy the classical styles, which had been before, the preserve of the elite.

The Neoclassical
The neoclassicism typified by Adam style fireplaces evolved as a response to the flamboyant and opulent designs of both the Rococo and Baroque periods. Use of classical motifs was also intrinsically linked to the ideals of the Enlightenment, as classical design conveyed ideas of knowledge and truth. The style was born in Rome in the mid-18th Century after the rediscovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and was circulated throughout Europe by a generation of wealthy Grand Tourists and artists, who returned from their Grand Tours in Italy with freshly discovered Greco-Roman ideals.
Neoclassicism favoured a more formal, dignified approach that respected order and decorum, and established rules that became a distinct movement in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music and architecture throughout northern Europe from the mid-18th to the end of the 19th centuries. It still endures as one of the most popular architectural styles today.