A monumental French Renaissance style antique chimneypiece highly carved in creamy Caen Stone. The massive entablature, with its breakfront shelf centred by a podium above cherubs and grotesque masks, has a boldly carved frieze of mythical dragons and serpents amidst scrolling foliage. There are two large humorous figural carvings on the endblocks. To the left is the figure of a furtive peasant and to the right that of a lounging court jester. The whole is supported on a pair of free standing columns, with elaborate capitals, fronting the jambs. Shown here with fire basket SNo 14374 not included.
French, mid 19th century.
Notes: Caen Stone is a light and creamy yellow Jurassic limestone formed approximately 167 million years ago and quarried near the City of Caen in north western France. It was used in the building of many historic French churches and abbeys and was also partially used in the construction of Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London in England.
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