A rare Edward Pugin Gothic Revival fireplace, carved from Caen stone and marble.
The fine rose red breccia marble shelf and carved undershelf are flanked by projecting faceted endblocks. Beneath the shelf are a pair of high relief spandrels, carved with ivy leaves and perhaps aspen leaves on the other side, flanking the pointed arch opening. The wide jambs are fronted by cippolino marble columns, with foliate capitals and statuary marble bases typical of E Pugin's work. The whole fireplace is raised on large faceted footblocks. English, circa 1860.
Notes: Edward Pugin was the son of A.W.N Pugin, and an eminent architect in his own right. He was a leading proponent of the Gothic Revival style, and designed many ecclesiastical and domestic buildings. After his father's death, he was tasked with finishing many of his commissions, which led him to build his own successful portfolio. This particular fireplaces is almost identical to one found in Pugin's family house The Grange, in Ramsgate. The fireplace still in situ was designed by Edward as part of his remodelling of the family home designed by his father, and our fireplace is very likely to have been designed by him for the house too. It is probably the case, that as this house fell into a poor state of repair, the fireplace was removed and sold on.
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