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  • Stock: 6593

    The Dalquharran Castle Chimneypiece.

    A very rare, early Georgian, gently concave Portland Stone fireplace designed by Robert Adam and carved by the renowned Dutch stonemason Pieter Mathias van Gelder.

    A moulded shelf rests above a simple frieze centred by a panel carved in relief with a floor standing globe flanked by opposing sphinxes. The endblocks, with carved lyres and husk swags, sit above fern frond corbels terminating in festooned bucrane on fielded panel jambs raised on stepped footblocks.
    English, circa 1790.

    Dalquharran Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland, is regarded as one of the finest examples of Robert Adam’s Castle Style. His castles were unique in the respect that whilst the outside embodied the robustness associated with a castle, the inside was the embodiment of his restrained and delicate classical style. Dalquharran Castle was created for Thomas Kennedy of Dunure but is sadly now a ruin after the roof was removed in 1967 to avoid paying rates.

    The chimneypiece was originally installed in the round tower library of the Castle and epitomised Adam's classical elegance. The last image below shows it in situ in the ruins of the library. It is exceptionally rare to find such a piece and made even more remarkable as it survived virtually undamaged. There is a similarly fine chimneypiece at Seton Castle, Adam’s final project in Scotland.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 78"
    198.2 cms
    58 1316"
    149.3 cms
    12 58"
    32 cms
    Internal 47 1316"
    121.5 cms
    42 12"
    108 cms
  • Stock: 10719

    A Renaissance stone door casement, carved in dark grey Pietra Serena stone. The elegant overdoor takes the form of a concave scallop shell, a motif derived from Roman sarcophagi, which later became a Christian symbol of rebirth, resurrection and pilgrimage. This suggests that the doorway was perhaps an entrance to a place of worship. Beneath this, stylised dolphins are carved nose to tail, undulating across the now weathered surface, worn after centuries of exposure to the elements. Supporting this are carved capitals and jambs decorated with urns and foliate details.

    Northern/Central Italian, possibly Florentine. A very similar door is on display in the Victorian and Albert Museum's Renaissance Gallery.

    Restoration not possible.

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    width height depth
    73 58"
    187 cms
    150 1316"
    383 cms
    13 1316"
    35 cms
    41 1116"
    106 cms
    86 1316"
    220.5 cms

    Listed Price: £10,500 restoration not possible.( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15345

    A very beautiful and large Louis XVI style six branch ormolu chandelier in the Rococo manner. The central stepped stem, suspended from a delicately cut dish corona resting on a bulbous vase framed amid scrolling foliate detail, is embellished by a set of four cherubic terms above a finely cut enclosed ovoid vessel with flattened, cut orbs below. The six elaborately scrolling arms emanate from a beautifully cut orb which terminates in a pendant knob. Once a gasolier now converted to electricity.
    French 19th century.

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    Diameter Drop
    34 58"
    88 cms
    45 1116"
    116 cms

    Listed Price: £9,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 4841

    A pair of small and rare Pietra Dura panels. Each finely made panel is a depiction of a flamboyant cavaliere in 16th century dress on green, white and black marble backgrounds. Pietra Dura is a term for the technique of using cut and fitted, highly polished coloured stones to create images. Lapis Lazuli was frequently used as seen here in the sleeves, cloak and feathers worn by the cavaliere. The art was developed during the Florentine Renaissance and was often called ‘painting in stone’. It is a most difficult skill to do well and requires expertise in the arts of sculpture, inlay, and mosaic.
    Italian, circa 1910.

    The panels are in their original gilded, wooden frames but unfortunately the gilding has been painted over in such a way as to make it very difficult to remove. Please see the last image, One solution would be to cover the paint with lacquer which would greatly improve their appearance. Photographs before restoration.

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    Width Height
    7 78"
    20 cms
    12 58"
    32 cms

    Listed Price: £4,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 7095

    A very beautiful, extremely well modelled, nearly life size plaster sculpture group maquette, of a blind man attended by a youth in the Grand Romaine manner. There are similarities to the sculpture 'La Piete Filiale' by the French sculptor Alfred Boucher(1850-1934), Filial Piety is a virtue of respect for one's parents, elders, and ancestors. But there are also similarities to the bronzes by Loys Potet(1866...?) and there is a partly obscured signature possibly of Loys Potet to the base but we cannot verify that this is the work of either of them. French, circa 1860,

    Some small damages but can be restored.



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    Width Height Depth
    29"
    73.7 cms
    55"
    139.7 cms
    37"
    94 cms

    Listed Price: £12,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 11376

    A fine, late 18th century antique fireplace surround in Statuary marble with Spanish Brocatelle marble fluting and ingrounds. The breakfront shelf rests on a frieze with inlaid Brocatelle marble fluting, which is interspersed by delicately carved rosette paterae. The frieze is flanked by endblocks carved with pillar vases and trailing leaves above tapering fluted jambs raised on stepped footblocks.
    English circa 1780.

    Known provenance.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 69 14"
    176 cms
    58 1116"
    149 cms
    6"
    15.3 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    104.8 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
  • Stock: 8608

    A rather fine and very large Georgian style steel and brass fire basket in the manner of Robert Adam. The arched backplate, with a central sunburst, rests behind a three bar, bow fronted grate cradled on either side by finely engraved shoulders within a beaded edging and surmounted by a pair of small engraved urn finials. The serpentine apron, with etched, linked lozenges sweeps around to a pair of tapering engraved standards surmounted by a pair of large urn finials.
    English, late 19th century.

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    width height depth
    37 58"
    95.5 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms
    18 78"
    48 cms

    Listed Price: £12,800 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14356

    A fine Statuary Marble Victorian chimneypiece with grey/green Verde Antico Marble inlay very much in the George III manner. The wide moulded shelf, with an underlay of dentil detail, rests above an inlaid Greek Key frieze with a central tablet of an urn surmounted by a pair of mythical styled sphinx. The rosette paterae on the end blocks are set above inlaid fluted pilasters fronting the jambs. English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 71 1116"
    182 cms
    56 12"
    143.5 cms
    9 18"
    23 cms
    Internal 44 18"
    112 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
  • Stock: 15244

    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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    Width Height Depth
    External 55 12"
    141 cms
    50 316"
    127.5 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms
    Internal 28 1116"
    73 cms
    37 1316"
    96 cms
  • Stock: 15359

    A highly unusual and attractive Gothic Revival oak and inlaid ebony Victorian sideboard attributed to the renowned English furniture designer Charles Bevan(1820s-1882).

    The undercut top shelf, with a raised three quarter gallery, rests above three neat drawers beneath which is a central set of recessed open shelves, flanked by two cupboards with quatrefoil paneled doors. The brass ringed handles, hinges and locks are original and the whole is supported on a sturdy plinth base. A finely made piece of furniture with great attention paid to detail and carving.
    English, late 19th century.

    Notes: Charles Bevan was a Victorian Gothic Revival designer who was noted for his marquetry designs. In earlier years he worked with prestigious furniture manufacturers and designers including Gillows and J. P. Seddon and became very well known his work featuring in catalogues and periodicals. A woodcarver and cabinetmaker of some distinction in 1872 he set up in partnership with his son, designing and manufacturing marquetry furniture until his death in 1892.Examples of his work can be viewed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and can also be found in various English country mansions.

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    Width Height Depth
    70 18"
    178 cms
    41 14"
    105 cms
    28"
    71 cms

    Listed Price: £3,950 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 10223

    A fine pair of grand walnut doors, casements and overdoors carved and gilded in the French Renaissance manner. They were originally in Park Place a Grade II listed house set in 570 acres near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. The overdoors with arched pediments, centred by a large stylised shell flanked by ornate side scrolls, rest on the carved and gilded door surrounds again with the shell features. The upper panels of the doors are very finely carved with stylised dolphins, strapwork and cartouche each centred by lion masks carved in high relief. The lower panels with arched, raised and fielded panels. The doors are held on substantial rising butt brass hinges and the reverse side of each is set with plain raised and fielded panels. The house featured in the 2009 St Trinians film when the name Headmistress was affixed to the rear of one of the doors as can be seen in the last image. French, circa 1870.

    Photos before restoration and please note that the doors can be sold separately.

    Provenance: The doors were commissioned in the Renaissance style by the Noble family for Park Place which was built in the French Renaissance manner in 1871 by Architect Thomas Cundy.

    Notes: John Noble bought the estate in 1869 and it stayed in the family until 1947 when it was auctioned off in a number of lots. The house was bought by the Middlesex County Council and in 1965 ownership was transferred to Hillingdon Council. The house and gardens were subsequently sold twice more during which time both were carefully restored and are now once again in private ownership.

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    Width Height Depth
    Overall 47 316"
    120 cms
    123 58"
    314 cms
    2 38"
    6 cms
    Door only. 34 14"
    87 cms
    82 1116"
    210 cms

    Listed Price: £19,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 7579

    A finely carved, late George III or George IV Statuary Marble chimneypiece tablet, originally the centre piece of a fireplace frieze, depicting Artemis reclining on rocks with her hound before her. English, late 18th early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    17 78"
    45.5 cms
    7 1316"
    19.7 cms
    2 1316"
    7 cms

    Listed Price: £6,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14757

    A large and imposing Louis XVI chimneypiece in Belgian Black Marble together with its original brass insert.The frieze and endblocks are carved in Red Languedoc Marble. The stepped moulded shelf rests above the wide ornately carved frieze centred by a female mask resting on a bed of scrolling leaf and rosette detail. The endblocks bear large and bold garlanded female masks above grand stop fluted console jambs raised on stepped footblocks. French, circa 1810.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 82 14"
    209 cms
    62 1116"
    159.2 cms
    19 1316"
    50.2 cms
    Internal 53 316"
    135.2 cms
    46 78"
    119.2 cms
  • Stock: 10438

    A large and rare, English Rococo, finely carved Statuary Marble tablet of the infant Eros asleep under trees on a bank beside a river in an Elysian landscape set within scrolling borders. It may have once been the central feature on the frieze of a grand chimneypiece. The last image, rather blurred I'm afraid, shows a similar tablet that was from a chimneypiece in Blair Castle, in Pitlochry Scotland.
    Carved by Thomas Carter, English, c.1755.

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    Width Height Depth
    19 1116"
    50 cms
    10 58"
    27 cms
    3"
    7.5 cms

    Listed Price: £9,400 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15248

    A fine Regency steel and brass register grate. The top and sides are mounted with acanthus clad turned brass rods which slot into the bullseye endblocks and footblocks. The recessed, bowfronted toothed grate sits above a brass apron embellished with a pair of opposing seated griffin amid anthemion and foliate scroll motifs. English, early 19th century.

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    width height depth
    40"
    101.5 cms
    37 38"
    95 cms
    12 58"
    32 cms

    Listed Price: £18,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14868

    A monumental Regency stoneware urn, in the manner of the antique. This magnificent urn recalls the form of an Ancient Greek krater - a large vessel for mixing wine. The entire urn is dedicated to the God of Wine Bacchus (Dionysus), with a band of fruiting vines to the neck, underneath which is high-relief frieze depicting a Bacchic procession or thiasus, with revellers carrying cups of wine, bunches of grapes and the other trappings of a hedonistic feast. The serpents fashioned into handles are characteristic of Bacchic iconography and they are often associated with Bacchus, as Maenads - female followers of the God - wore snakes in their hair.

    This urn is unlike any other we have come across, but echoes the popularity of themes from classical antiquity, made even more popular by the phenomenon of the Grand Tour. The great engraver and antiquarian Giovanni Battista Piranesi even produced an engraved volume solely dedicated to the designs of urns in the antique style. He then manufactured urns in his Italian workshops. In England, the famous manufacturer Eleanor Coade and designers such as Thomas Hope also produced urns in the antique manner for an eager public.

    The urn is made from a weather impervious stoneware, similar to the famous Coade stone. Restoration to the handles has been carried out.


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    Width Height Depth
    29 78"
    76 cms
    57 78"
    147 cms
    32 1116"
    83 cms
    Base 18 12"
    47 cms
  • Stock: 9240

    A grand and impressive Palladian style chimneypiece in finely carved Portland Stone. The wide shelf carved in high relief with an undershelf of repeating acanthus leaf motif, over boldly scaled egg and dart over lambs tongue detail. The main ingrounds carved with continuous guilloche motif. The whole is supported on large, sturdy footblocks. Rebuilt using original 19th century elements. Provenance: Removed from a building in the City of London.
    English, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 112 1316"
    286.5 cms
    87 58"
    222.5 cms
    17 78"
    45.5 cms
    Internal 65 316"
    165.7 cms
    63 1116"
    161.7 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: 15172

    A large and fine early Regency Statuary Marble antique fireplace surround delicately elegant in it's simplicity. The moulded shelf sits above a plain frieze centred by a swag, rosette and ribbon enhanced tablet. The stylised vases with bellflower drapes on the endblocks rest above attached tapering columns on the jambs supported on stepped footblocks. English, circa 1800. .

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63 18"
    160.3 cms
    53 18"
    134.8 cms
    8 12"
    21.5 cms
    Internal 42 38"
    107.6 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms

    Listed Price: £22,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14993

    A pair of large bronze lanterns from the Regency period. These tapered lanterns are surmounted by a flame emanating from a corona, echoing their past as gas lanterns. Below, there is an elegant band of palmettes very much aligned with the Regency aesthetic and this rests above the curved glass panels.

    The bronze has developed a beautiful patina over time.These lanterns were intended to be mounted on a gate post or wall bracket, but can be easily adjusted for hanging if required.

    English, early 19th century.

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    Diameter Drop
    16 12"
    42 cms
    39 38"
    100 cms

    Listed Price: £9,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14968

    An impressive and large late 19th century French quarter chiming gilt brass Gothic Revival bracket or mantel clock retailed by Hall & Company, Manchester. The case, with engraved floral decoration and applied coloured cabuchon jewel mounts, encloses a gilt 7" Roman dial with a finely scroll engraved centre and an eight day spring driven movement with anchor escapement chiming the quarters on a nest of two bells. The movement was made in Saint Nicolas d' Aliermont, by Pierre-Honoré-César Pons and then finished by the Parisian Clock maker, Louis Achille Brocot. French, circa 1870.

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    width height depth
    16 78"
    43 cms
    31 12"
    80 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms
  • Stock: 14629

    A large and impressive English Regency iron, steel and polished brass antique fire basket with a decorative stele crest backplate. The deep bow fronted grate, above a cut and linked medallion skirt, is supported by a pair of large brass standards formed as ribbon bound columns beneath lidded vase finials and raised on splendid lion claw feet. English, early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 39 1316"
    101 cms
    31 18"
    79 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Back width 26"
    66 cms

    Listed Price: £12,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14977

    A Statuary Marble classically styled delightful antique plaque of generous proportions carved with a central shell cartouche flanked by a sunflower and rose and surrounded with an abundance of small flowers, wheat ears and ribboned bellflowers. English, 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    39 1316"
    101 cms
    10 1316"
    27.5 cms
    1 58"
    4 cms

    Listed Price: £6,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14066

    A large and very rare Regency cast & wrought iron, brass mounted antique fire grate in the Greek Revival manner. The backplate, with a rolled top embellished with scrolled foliate detail, sits behind the tooth barred curved fronted grate which is flanked by panels with applied brass stylised honeysuckle and scrolled wrought iron mountings. The grate is supported to the front by a pair of tall draped figural andirons standing on small brass footblocks.
    English, circa 1810.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 40 58"
    103 cms
    22"
    56 cms
    13 1316"
    35 cms
    Back Width 28"
    71 cms

    Listed Price: £12,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • 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: 14553

    Early nineteenth-century Italian chimneypiece in Carrara marble, with a richly carved under-shelf and frieze. The recessed frieze has a central tablet carved with Venus in repose; this is flanked by two pairs of birds, each bearing a garland in their beaks. The endblocks are carved with large Medusa masks which rest on engaged fluted columns with delicately carved capitals of curling acanthus leaves. The fluted columned jambs gently widen to finish in an elegant base.
    Italian, circa 1830.

    Shown here with fire grate SNo 14629.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 316"
    186 cms
    52 316"
    132.5 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms
    Internal 54 14"
    138 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
  • Stock: 14633

    A highly ornate and rare antique stone fireplace surround in the Louis XV Rococo style exuberantly carved throughout with abundant floral and foliate detail. The moulded shelf with bead and reel edging rests above an embellished serpentine frieze centred by a stylised rocaille cartouche with floral trails flanked by scrolled acanthus corners. Small shell cartouche top tapering panels on the jambs which rest on sturdy footblocks.
    Photos before restoration. French mid to late 18th century.

    Shown here with replica fire grate SNo 10920 not included in the price.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 62 38"
    158.5 cms
    46 78"
    119 cms
    17"
    43.3 cms
    Internal 50 18"
    127.3 cms
    34 58"
    88 cms
  • Stock: 8232

    A very smart English Regency specimen marble chimneypiece in Kilkenny Black Fossil Marble inlaid with Breche Violette marble panels which have been cut and opened like a book to reveal symetrical veining. The oval plaque on the frieze and the flanking end blocks are of inlaid Convent Sienna Marble. English, circa 1820.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 69"
    175.3 cms
    55 1116"
    141.6 cms
    6"
    15.2 cms
    Internal 43"
    109.2 cms
    42 12"
    108 cms

    Listed Price: £24,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 10928

    An important, rare mid-18th century Georgian English Rococo antique fireplace surround in Statuary and Maurin Green Marble influenced by the designs of Sir Henry Cheere (1703-1781) and Isaac Ware (1704-1766). The serpentine shelf rests above a scrolling frieze centred by a carved spray of oak leaves flanked by simple floral rosettes on a bed of Maurin Marble. The end blocks are adorned with acanthus leaves and trailing oak sprigs above finely carved angled console jambs, with Maurin Marble side panels, supported on shaped footblocks. English circa 1750.

    Notes: Part of our research revealed that a very similar chimneypiece originated in Woodcote House in Surrey. The house, rebuilt in 1750, was designed by Sir Henry Cheere and the sculptor was Isaac Ware. This chimneypiece bears a close resemblance to their designs. It is also related in style and quality to our SNo 9180.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 71 18"
    180.5 cms
    48 38"
    123 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 52 316"
    132.7 cms
    39 1316"
    101 cms
  • Stock: 13353

    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 fruit and a grotesque mask, 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.
    French, mid 19th century.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 14374 not included.

    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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    Width Height Depth
    External 79 78"
    203 cms
    61 1316"
    157 cms
    23"
    58.5 cms
    Internal 45 1116"
    116 cms
    46 12"
    118 cms
  • Stock: 14593

    An unusually elaborate Rococo, Louis XV style Belgian black marble antique fireplace surround, with gilded detail throughout. The serpentine moulded shelf rests above a deep panelled frieze which is centred by an elaborate rocaille style cartouche and flanked by deeply carved large foliate endblocks. The jambs with large carved scrolling detail supported on shaped footblocks. Belgian, 18th century.

    Link to: Antique Rococo Chimneypieces inc Louis XV English Scottish Chippendale Rococo fireplace mantels.

    Width Height Depth
    External 87"
    221 cms
    51 316"
    130 cms
    14 58"
    37 cms
    Internal 64 316"
    163 cms
    41 18"
    104.5 cms
  • Stock: 14804

    A fine and grand Georgian style brass and cast iron antique fire basket. The arched backplate sits behind a three barred grate mounted with five tulip vase finials above a pierced and engraved serpentine apron depicting mythical dragons amid scrolling foliage. The grate is supported on a pair of four columned standards topped with taller tulip vase finials. English, circa 1870.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    Width Height Depth
    External 41 12"
    105.5 cms
    35"
    89 cms
    20 78"
    53 cms
    Back width 26"
    66 cms

    Listed Price: £10,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14728

    A charming and imposing Louis XV style antique Rococo chimneypiece in Fleur de Pêche Marble with exceptional ormolu mounts by Francois Linke (1855-1946). The serpentine shelf rests above a panelled frieze centred with an applied ormolu shell cartouche, cushioned on trailing acanthus leaves, above a wide serpentine opening. The tapering, canted jambs, embellished with very fine applied ormolu female terms and with delicate ormolu foliate mounts at each foot, are supported on elegant footblocks. French, late 19th century.

    Notes: Francois Linke was a leading Parisian ébéniste of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and this fireplace was almost certainly commissioned by a client around that time. His signature can be clearly seen on the shoulder of the female term to the left.

    In the nineteenth-century, François Linke was considered one of the finest cabinet makers and designers in France, and one of the finest in the world. Born in the small village of Pankraz in Bohemia - now Jitrava in the Czech Republic - François Linke was the second son of eleven siblings. His father was a farmer and sent François to be apprenticed to a local cabinetmaker at just thirteen years of age, after which he settled in Paris in 1878; only five years after his apprenticeship had been completed.

    The applied ormolu decorations designed by Léon Messagé were an essential part of Linke’s allure and brought him to the forefront of the Paris makers of meubles de haut luxe. At the famous Exposition Universelle in 1900, one of Linke’s finest items - a grand bureau - won a gold medal. The Art Journal reported in 1900 on Linke’s stand:
    ‘The work of M. Linke … was an example of what can be done by seeking inspiration amongst the classic examples of Louis XV and XVI without in any great sense copying these great works. M. Linke’s work was original in the true sense of the word, and as such commended itself to the intelligent seeker after the really artistic things of the Exhibition. Wonderful talent was employed in producing the magnificent pieces of furniture displayed...’

    Linke’s work was so fine that he was invited to undertake an extraordinary commission to furnish the Ras al-Tin Palace in Alexandria with over 1,000 pieces of furniture and decoration for King Fuad of Egypt; the single largest furniture commission ever conceived, which eclipsed even Versailles. It is here that other examples of his exquisite marble and ormolu chimneypieces can be found.

    The designs for these majestic Rococo chimneypieces were in fact inspired by the chimneypieces of Versailles. These were designed in the late 18th century by Jacques Verberckt with gilt bronze mounts by Jacques Caffiéri. The two master craftsmen embodied the Louis XV Rocaille style of the eighteenth-century. When Linke and Messagé were allowed access to these designs, they sought to reproduce both the style and quality for a nineteenth-century audience. As a result, the Louis XV style saw a great revival. The chimneypiece in our collection has figural ormolu mounts almost identical to those found in the sumptuous Council Cabinet of Versailles. Linke has subtly updated the design by choosing a soft, fleur de pecher marble to provide the perfect backdrop for the glowing ormolu.

    This chimneypiece is a testament to both Linke and Messagé's exquisite craftsmanship and represents the finest of nineteenth-century design. If you would like any further information about this piece, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    Link to: Antique Rococo Chimneypieces inc Louis XV English Scottish Chippendale Rococo fireplace mantels.

    Width Height Depth
    External 84 58"
    215 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
    20 18"
    51 cms
    Internal 60 58"
    154 cms
    38 38"
    97.5 cms
  • Stock: 14727

    A fine Gothic Revival Caen stone chimneypiece, attributed to John Middleton (1820–1885). This grand chimneypiece has double columned jambs in a garnet coloured Serpentine marble which support a Languedoc marble shelf. The fireplace bears attributes of Norman ecclesiastical architecture, with zigzag mouldings framing both the frieze and the arched opening due not only to Middleton’s passion for church architecture but also reflecting the great religious revival of the nineteenth century; the Oxford movement perhaps being the most famous.

    It is likely to have come from a grand Gothic Revival House in Cheltenham or its environs. It would have no doubt come from a room of grand proportions and it certainly would have made a magnificent centrepiece.

    English, circa 1870.

    Notes: Orphaned from a young age, Middleton was left only a modest allowance which he used to train as an architect in the North of England. He did however manage to travel to Europe, which influenced his style a great deal. Middleton went on to design a number of churches, residences and even railway stations in the favoured Gothic style of the period. Some of the most beautiful residences and public buildings he designed were in Cheltenham, including the Cheltenham Ladies College. Nearly every private residence he designed had a grand chimneypiece. These Gothic creations were hewn from both stone and marble, with grand columns and bold carving, not so different in design from gothic sedilia.

    Link to: Antique Renaissance, Gothic Tudor Fireplace mantels and Chimneypieces: 1260 - 1600

    Width Height Depth
    External 96 18"
    244 cms
    61 1316"
    157 cms
    18 18"
    46 cms
    Internal 48"
    122 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
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