A very large Baroque style Victorian bolection chimneypiece in darkly hued Ashburton Marble. The wide simply moulded shelf rests above a deep panelled frieze beneath which is a flat moulded bolection surround centred by a keystone supported on integral footblocks. English, circa 1850.
Image before restoration.
Ashburton Marble: In 1852 a Devon newspaper 'The Western Times', reported that some large blocks of marble had been excavated from quarries adjoining the ancient Stannary Town of Ashburton. It was suggested at the time that the marble be used for the making of chimneypieces as the veins and colour were considered very decorative and superior to that found in any other quarry in South Devon.
Listed Price: £9,500 ( + vat in EU zone )