French Louis XVI style rouge marble mantel with white veining, rectangular top surface surmounting a recessed frieze panel flanked between a pair of neoclassical acanthus leaf headed arched jamb columns. The clean geometric design allows the vibrant veined marble to showcase this piece.
Neoclassical design was inspired by the discovery of ancient Pompeii, returning Greco-Roman style in furniture and architecture. Louis XVI's reign began in 1774 and his queen Marie-Antoinette was a lover of the arts and had much influence over the style. This 18th century design is timeless and elegant, but understated; it will compliment an antique setting, or adds exuberant contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.
Fireplaces were invented in the 14th century at this time the "great halls" of castles and chateaus had an "open fire" in the middle of the room for cooking and warmth, later they were moved next to a exterior wall with a flue built into the stone wall for ventilation. In the early 19th century after stoves and central heating existed fireplaces were used primarly for decoration and for gathering of family, it was a symbol of wealth as only the elite could afford them.
Place of Origin - France
Period - Circa 1880
Dimensions - Overall 13.5" d, 41.5 " w, 40"h Firebox 26.5" w X 31"h
Condition - Excellent antique condition
Wear: consistent with age and use.