19th Century Palatial English oak fireplace mantel in the tudor style. This one-of-a-kind extra-large fireplace surround with shapely top surface above a a stepped recessed frieze with dental detail trim; on either side of frieze panel is a square recessed block above an Ionic columns, cap with scroll-shaped volute flanking three centered egg and dart designs surmounting a fluted tapering shaft. The size of this mantel does not show in the picture, it will truly be the focal point of any room.
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 - England
Period - Circa 1860
Dimensions - 84"H, 110"W, 12"D
Condition - Excellent Condition, Wear consistent with Age and Use.