Victorian Fireplaces - Exceptional Antiques from Westland London

Victorian, including William IV, Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco antique fireplaces, mantels and chimneypieces in marble, stone, wood, cast iron and other metals.

  • Stock: 15677

    A monumental Victorian arch fireplace in dramatically veined Portoro marble. Striking in its simplicity, the fireplace is centered by a keystone and the arch is framed by two boldly carved spandrels.
    English, c.1860.

    Notes: Varieties of Portoro Marble have been found in different parts of the world but the marble used to make this chimneypiece is of the highest quality and could only have come from the quarries on the Island of Palmaria, in the Gulf of La Spezia, Italy. This marble was discovered and first extracted in Roman times and is rightly regarded worldwide as a luxury marble because of it's quality and the distinctive black and gold veining.

    Width Height Depth
    External 81 18"
    206 cms
    50 316"
    127.6 cms
    15 316"
    38.5 cms
    Internal 36 1316"
    93.5 cms
    36"
    91.5 cms

    Listed Price: £18,000 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15672

    A Victorian chimneypiece carved from a boldly veined rouge royale marble; the wide plain shelf is supported by two finely moulded corbels which frame the plain frieze and blank tablet.
    English, c.1880.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 65"
    165 cms
    47 316"
    120 cms
    10 58"
    27 cms
    Internal 36 1316"
    93.5 cms
    38"
    96.5 cms

    Listed Price: £1,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15702

    An antique Victorian marble chimneypiece with carved corbels and a blank tablet. This fireplace is of a simple design, but is craved from a beautifully rich rouge royale marble.
    English, c.1880.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 70 14"
    178.5 cms
    46 1116"
    118.5 cms
    11 78"
    30.3 cms
    Internal 39"
    99 cms
    38"
    96.5 cms

    Listed Price: £1,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15676

    A large Gothic Revival Chimneypiece in Warm Red Languedoc marble. The moulded shelf sits over Gothic columned corbels.
    English, c.1880.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 70 12"
    179 cms
    50"
    127 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms
    Internal 38"
    96.5 cms
    38 38"
    97.5 cms

    Listed Price: £2,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15624

    A very fine Victorian arched fireplace, carved from a delicately veined carrara marble. The moulded shelf rests above two magnificent capitals, finely carved with lily of the valley, ferns and roses, each capital subtly different. These frame the panelled arched frieze, decorated with a foliate moulding which is echoed on the panelled jambs.
    English, c.1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 78 18"
    198.4 cms
    48 38"
    123 cms
    13 1316"
    35 cms
    Internal 41 78"
    106.5 cms
    38 38"
    97.5 cms

    Listed Price: £10,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15502

    A 19th century white marble fireplace with a moulded shelf over a panelled frieze, featuring a central acanthus patera and foliate endblocks. The stop fluted jambs rest on plain footblocks.

    Belgian, c.1880.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 78"
    187.7 cms
    49 78"
    126.7 cms
    13 18"
    33.2 cms
    Internal 40 316"
    102 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms

    Listed Price: £4,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15500

    An elegant Victorian arched fireplace carved from white statuary marble. The simply moulded shelf is supported by tapered pilaster jambs decorated with trailing foliage, which is echoed on the panelled spandrels which frame the arch. The endblocks are decorated with roses carved in high relief, as is the cluster of oak leaves and acorns crowning the arch.

    English, c.1860.

    Width Height Depth
    External 70 1116"
    179.7 cms
    46 12"
    118 cms
    12 1316"
    32.5 cms
    Internal 37 316"
    94.5 cms
    35 58"
    90.5 cms

    Listed Price: £8,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15475

    A large Gothic Revival fireplace of grand proportions in pencil statuary marble, with an angular pointed Tudor arch opening. Above this, the the frieze is adorned with spandrels carved in high relief with a quatrefoil design. The rest of the decorative scheme is simply and crisply carved.

    Shown here with stock no. 15126: A fire basket attributed to A.W.N Pugin.

    English, c.1860.

    Width Height Depth
    External 78 1116"
    200 cms
    49 1316"
    126.5 cms
    13 38"
    34 cms
    Internal 41 78"
    106.5 cms
    39 14"
    99.7 cms
  • Stock: 15473

    A simple and elegant St Anne marble corbel fireplace. The softly grey hued St Anne marble is gently veined and displayed to great effect on the plain shelf and jambs. The undulating corbels support a broad moulded shelf. Its' simplicity is enhanced by small bands of Belgian black marble above the corbels and footblocks, an unusual detail.

    English, c.1870.

    Width Height Depth
    External 67 78"
    172.5 cms
    48"
    122 cms
    11"
    28 cms
    Internal 38"
    96.5 cms
    38"
    96.5 cms
  • Stock: 15441

    A Victorian black slate arched fireplace, painted with intertwining Ivy and white Jasmine. The symbolism of flowers was a popular theme in Victorian Britain, with flowers adopted as symbols across the decorative arts. The art of floriography as it was called, was used to convey messages through the language of flowers. Ivy for example, represented eternity, fidelity and friendship. White jasmine, purity and amiability.
    Original hand painted decoration.
    English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61 1316"
    157 cms
    43 1116"
    111.1 cms
    11 1316"
    30 cms
    Internal 34 14"
    87 cms
    33 1116"
    85.5 cms

    Listed Price: £5,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15440

    A Victorian black slate fireplace with corbels beneath a wide shelf. An abundant festoon of painted summer flowers adorns the frieze and more trail down each jamb. As with fireplace SNo 15441 the symbolism of flowers was a popular theme in Victorian Britain, with flowers adopted as symbols across the decorative arts. The art of floriography as it was called, was used to convey messages through the language of flowers.
    English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61 78"
    157.3 cms
    44 78"
    114.1 cms
    11"
    28 cms
    Internal 36 1316"
    93.5 cms
    35 58"
    90.5 cms
  • Stock: 15421

    A Regency Welsh Heather slate chimneypiece in an aubergine hue. The moulded shelf above a cushioned frieze, centred by a rosette panel, flanked by large acanthus corbels above cushion moulded jambs.
    English, circa 1830.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 60 316"
    153 cms
    44 18"
    112.1 cms
    9 18"
    23.2 cms
    Internal 34 1116"
    88.1 cms
    35 1116"
    90.8 cms
  • Stock: 15404

    A traditional Victorian Statuary marble fire surround. The moulded shelf rests above a plain frieze flanked by large corbels, with shell detail skirts, on wide jambs raised on large footblocks. Similar to but smaller than fireplace SNo 15185. English, circa 1860.

    Shown here with firegrate SNo 15243 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 65 1116"
    167 cms
    44 12"
    113 cms
    11 38"
    29 cms
    Internal 36 38"
    92.5 cms
    36 316"
    92 cms

    Listed Price: £8,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15231

    An Edwardian, Arts and Crafts oak fire surround. The crenelated cornice, supported by a pair of turned columns, rests above a recessed frieze and mantle shelf. The frieze is set with five painted panels depicting Medieval York including the ‘bar’ or city walls, streets and gateways; the ruins of St Mary's Abbey and York Minster itself. A Tudor style arch frames the fireplace opening flanked by a pair of simple tapering columns on the jambs. English, circa 1910.

    Photos before cleaning and polishing.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 62 316"
    158 cms
    75 58"
    192 cms
    8 12"
    21.6 cms
    Internal 41 12"
    105.5 cms
    38 1316"
    98.5 cms

    Listed Price: £9,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15291

    A Hopton Wood Stone arched Victorian chimneypiece togther with its original arched insert. The fireplace is very simply carved with a wide moulded shelf above a large keystone and two bold panels on the spandrels. Hopton Wood Stone is a type of limestone. It is very fine, almost like marble and is quarried west of Middleton-by-Wirksworth in Derbyshire.
    English, circa 1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 67 14"
    171 cms
    44 316"
    112.3 cms
    11 1316"
    30 cms
    Internal 33 78"
    86 cms
    32 12"
    82.5 cms

    Listed Price: £8,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15142

    A Victorian, Neoclassical style cast iron fire surround with ornate enriched bands and edgings beneath the wide shelf and around the opening. The linked palmette frieze is centred by an urn and scrolling acanthus panel flanked by trophy roundels on the endblocks above foliate pilaster panels on the jambs. English, circa 1870.

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    width height depth
    External 67 58"
    171.8 cms
    40 38"
    102.5 cms
    10 78"
    27.6 cms
    Internal 37 18"
    94.2 cms
    37 1316"
    96 cms

    Listed Price: £3,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 13248

    THE GOLDEN AGE OF DUTCH PAINTING: An Aesthetic Movement Register Grate and Walnut Fire Surround. The fire surround has a breakfront shelf above a frieze with alternating rosette panelled designs, curiously the left set differs from those on the right, the frieze is centred by the initials EC and the date 1875, and the opening is set with Ashburton marble slips. The integral Register Grate has ten hand painted tiles, four of which depict 17th century Dutch Painters, who were of the Dutch Realist School of Genre Painting in Utrecht, Delft & Leiden or Amsterdam.

    The Integral Register Grate has ten hand painted tiles, four of which depict 17th century Dutch Painters, all of whom were of the Dutch Realist School of Genre Painting in Utrecht, Delft and Leiden or Amsterdam.

    The painters are from the bottom left:
    WOUTER CRABET(H) (1594 – 1644) The School of Delft and the most important Dutch Golden Age artist in the town of Gouda.
    LEONARD BRAMER (1596 – 1667) The School of Delft an established painter of note who had studied in Italy & who later became a pupil of Rembrandt.
    REMBRANDT Harmensz van Rijn (1606 – 1669) whose artistic ability could not be contained within the confines of Dutch Realism. A grand manner artist in his depictions of the drama of the Bible and an acute portraitist, including many famous portraits of himself, capturing the complete range of human emotions.
    GERARD DOU (1613 – 1675) a pupil of Rembrandt & founder of the Painters Guild of Leiden another Dutch Golden Age painter he specialised in genre scenes & was noted for his trompe l’oeil and candlelit night-scenes.
    English Dated 1875.

    NOTE- The walnut surround was probably manufactured by Gillows of Lancaster as they manufactured the original furnishings for the property in Windemere from which this fireplace was removed.

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    Width Height
    External 79 12"
    202 cms
    64 58"
    164 cms

    Listed Price: £9,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15223

    A large arched Statuary Marble Victorian fireplace surround of simple design with Sienna Marble inlay. The wide stepped and moulded shelf sits above the arched opening with it's central paneled keystone and carved spandrels flanked by a pair of wide paneled inset jambs.
    English, mid 19th century.

    Shown here with firegrate SNo 15121 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 75 58"
    192 cms
    46 12"
    118 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 40"
    101.7 cms
    36"
    91.5 cms

    Listed Price: £9,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 14321

    A mid Victorian white Statuary Marble fireplace with boldly carved floral corbels flanking the plain frieze which is centred by a basket of summer flowers. English, circa 1860.

    Shown here with insert Stock No 14341 not included in the price.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 74"
    188 cms
    48 14"
    122.8 cms
    14 1316"
    37.6 cms
    Internal 40 316"
    102.2 cms
    38 78"
    98.8 cms

    Listed Price: £14,000 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15149

    A Victorian Neoclassical style cast iron fire surround with a fluted frieze and a central floral plaque. English, circa 1890.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 56 14"
    143 cms
    55 18"
    140 cms
    9 14"
    23.5 cms
    Internal 38 316"
    97 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms

    Listed Price: £3,250 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15185

    A substantial lightly veined Statuary Marble mid Victorian chimneypiece. The wide moulded shelf above the plain frieze is supported by two large scrolled corbels on wide pilaster jambs.
    English, circa 1850.

    Shown here with register grate SNo 14837 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    68 12"
    174 cms
    47 316"
    120 cms
    12 1316"
    32.5 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms

    Listed Price: £11,000 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15109

    A finely veined Carrara Marble Victorian corbel fireplace surround with large corbels supporting the wide moulded shelf. English, circa 1860.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 15069 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 71 18"
    180.5 cms
    47 38"
    120.5 cms
    13 18"
    33.2 cms
    Internal 38"
    96.5 cms
    37 1116"
    95.8 cms
  • Stock: 15154

    A decorative Victorian cast iron fireplace surround with classically detailed panels on the frieze and jambs and lozenge shaped bosses surrounded by foliate detail on the endblocks. English, circa 1890.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 64 12"
    163.8 cms
    49 58"
    126 cms
    9 18"
    23 cms
    Internal 35 1316"
    91 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms

    Listed Price: £3,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15144

    An attractive Victorian, Aesthetic Movement cast iron fire surround. Beneath the moulded shelf is a band of small rosettes and flutes above the frieze centred by a large panel with a spread winged eagle amid trailing oak sprigs flanked by with passion flower endblocks above artistic themed panels on the jambs. English, circa 1890.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 59 1316"
    152 cms
    52 38"
    133 cms
    9 18"
    23.2 cms
    Internal 35 58"
    90.5 cms
    38"
    96.5 cms
  • Stock: 15084

    A large and attractive antique cast iron fire surround in the Neoclassical style. The breakfront shelf, above dentil and foliate detailed bands, rests above the stop fluted frieze with its decorative central panel of an urn surrounded by scrolling foliage and flowers.The end blocks are set with rosette paterae and the opening is framed by strings of linked buds and ribboned flowers.
    Victorian, circa 1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63 18"
    160.3 cms
    53"
    134.5 cms
    9 316"
    23.4 cms
    Internal 37 316"
    94.5 cms
    37 58"
    95.5 cms

    Listed Price: £3,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15150

    A decorative Victorian cast iron fire surround. The frieze with depictions of birds perched on branches and a central flower filled vase flanked by large floral paterae on the endblocks above foliate panelled jambs. English, circa 1880.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63 316"
    160.5 cms
    53 78"
    137 cms
    10"
    25.5 cms
    Internal 35 1316"
    91 cms
    37 1316"
    96 cms
  • Stock: 15080

    A very large and fine example of a Victorian burnished cast iron Coalbrookdale chimney piece in the Georgian Neoclassical manner of Robert Adam. The decorative urn on the freeze beneath the wide shelf is flanked by swags which in turn are flanked by pairs on lidded urns on the end blocks above twin pilasters with descending foliate detail.
    English, the Coalbrookdale foundry mark and the number 367840 are on the back as is shown in the last image and date it to 1881. .

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    Width Height Depth
    External 78 78"
    200.3 cms
    55 14"
    140.5 cms
    8 1116"
    22 cms
    Internal 37 1316"
    96 cms
    38"
    96.5 cms

    Listed Price: £4,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15083

    A large decorative Adam style cast iron Victorian fire surround with wide moulded shelf above an egg and dart band.The central panel on the frieze with quivers and arrows is flanked by ribboned foliate swags. The sturdy panelled jambs embellished with ropes of descending bellflowers. English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 70 1116"
    179.6 cms
    54 14"
    138 cms
    11 18"
    28.2 cms
    Internal 33 12"
    85 cms
    33 12"
    85 cms

    Listed Price: £4,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15079

    A large and grand Victorian cast iron fire surround of elaborate design. The stepped moulded shelf, with a fine enriched undershelf and fluted panel, rests above an arched frieze with a central shield cartouche flanked by opposing dragons. The jambs adorned with bold scrolled consoles supported on sturdy footblocks. English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 69 14"
    176 cms
    54 1116"
    139 cms
    13 1316"
    35 cms
    Internal 37 58"
    95.5 cms
    38"
    96.5 cms

    Listed Price: £4,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15087

    A small but delightfully ornate Victorian cast iron fireplace surround. The high moulded shelf, above a reeded panel, surmounts the shaoed frieze decorated with a profusion of birds, sprigs, stylised flowers and berries. The integral grate sits within an arched frame of cross hatching and paterae.English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    37 316"
    94.5 cms
    39 316"
    99.5 cms
    6 12"
    16.6 cms
  • Stock: 14903

    A substantial cast iron Victorian fireplace surround in the Neoclassical style with a wide shelf above a fluted frieze centred by a floral panel. There are large roundels on the endblocks above jambs fronted by pairs of twin tapering, stop fluted pillars with ornate capitals either side of the egg and dart framed opening. The registration number for 1898 is cast to the back.
    English, late 19th century.

    Width Height Depth
    External 69 12"
    176.5 cms
    54 78"
    139.5 cms
    11 38"
    29 cms
    Internal 37 38"
    95 cms
    37 1316"
    96 cms

    Listed Price: £3,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15156

    A good sized cast iron Victorian fireplace surround with a band of small decorative urns beneath the moulded shelf. The foliate detailed barrel frieze is centred with a stylised rosette flanked by acanthus endblocks and the barrel detail is repeated on the jambs. English, circa 1890.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61 1316"
    157 cms
    51"
    129.5 cms
    10 1316"
    27.5 cms
    Internal 37 58"
    95.5 cms
    37 1316"
    96 cms

    Listed Price: £3,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15082

    A Victorian cast iron fire surround in the Neoclassical style with a foliate band beneath the wide stepped and moulded shelf, an ornate floral central design on the frieze and with angled columned jamb. English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61 12"
    156.2 cms
    53 78"
    137 cms
    8 58"
    21.8 cms
    Internal 35 316"
    89.5 cms
    37 58"
    95.5 cms

    Listed Price: £3,400 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 14536

    An elegant and large Aesthetic Movement, bordering on Reformed Gothic, antique fireplace surround in Pencil Statuary Marble with a wide moulded shelf. The main body of the fireplace, set with bands of Tinos Verde Marble, is enhanced by finely cut and gilded motifs, two of which are inset with Tinos Verde Marble bosses. The gently arched opening is bordered with stylised anthemion detail. English, circa 1870.
    Shown here with fire grate 14703.

    The Aesthetic Movement flourished in Britain in the 1870s and 1880s and was a reaction against and in stark contrast to the perceived fussy, overbearing and conservative Victorian artistic traditions. Those championing the Movement believed that " art exists for the sake of its beauty alone, and that it need serve no political, didactic, or other purpose. "

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    Width Height Depth
    External 83 78"
    213 cms
    51 316"
    130 cms
    15 316"
    38.7 cms
    Internal 43 78"
    111.5 cms
    38"
    96.5 cms

    Listed Price: £14,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 14879

    A large and elegant Victorian fireplace surround in Black Kilkenny Fossil Marble the large corbels, which support the wide moulded shelf, are incised with ivy leaf decoration. Scottish, circa 1870.

    Shown here with fire grate SNo 14851 not included. A pair with 14743. Photo before re-polishing

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    Width Height Depth
    External 69 12"
    176.5 cms
    47 316"
    120 cms
    11 38"
    29 cms
    Internal 38 38"
    97.5 cms
    38 18"
    96.8 cms
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Victorian and Edwardian Fireplaces (1837-1910)
Our Victorian fireplaces make up one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of antique chimneypieces and mantels found anywhere in the world. As the Edwardian era followed and overlapped the Victorian Era, we have also included our Edwardian fireplaces in this section.

The History
The Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign (1837 to 1901) - and this being one of the longest reigns of a British monarch, her time as Queen saw not only a change of centuries, but also various transitions of interior styles and fashions. As the Industrial Revolution flourished, mass production meant more goods were readily available, with the emerging middle classes beginning to take pride in decorating their homes with items that had previously only been available to the wealthy.

Victorian Design Features
Victorian furniture, such as a Victorian Fireplace, was rarely consistent with one particular style - revival styles such as Gothic and Rococo were among the most common to be seen in furniture designs during this time. Designs from the Victorian era often featured combinations of earlier styles, and were greatly influenced by travels to the Far East and The Orient - a new sense of the exotic began to influence design and style as can be seen in Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces.

The function of the Victorian Fireplace - The Heart of the Home
Early- and mid-Victorian fireplace styles are characterised by ornate and intricate designs, often focused on floral patterns which have proved to be very popular in modern-day reproductions. Later Victorian fire surround designs became more geometric and clean-cut, but both late and earlier designs are a true reflection of the distinctive skills possessed by craftsmen at the time.

Victorian fireplaces stood at the heart of the home and were considered to be the focal point of the room. Fireplace sizes would have depended on the room in question - for example, areas where guests were received featured fireplaces and mantels of the grandest designs.

These Victorian fireplaces were made of a number of different materials, including Victorian cast iron fireplaces, white marble fireplaces and gothic marble fireplaces.

Along with the ornamentation of the Victorian fireplace mantel, fire screens, which had previously served solely functional purposes, gave Victorian women an opportunity to display their decorating skills. Victorian fireplaces are among the most sought after and popular types of antique mantels to be found in British homes today, as people strive to restore original period features and incorporate antique styles into their modern homes.

The Edwardian Era and the Edwardian Fireplace
The Edwardian Era covers the reign of King Edward VII from 1901 to 1910. However, this is sometimes extended from the 1890s to the First World War to capture long-term trends. Edwardian homes were designed with larger halls and living rooms with an emphasis on air and light. By the late 1890s it became more common for homes of the middle to upper class to have electricity, phones, indoor plumbing, and even a car. Edwardian architecture is generally less ornate than Victorian architecture except for the Edwardian Baroque revival which prized one thing above all and that was showing off. The Edwardian fireplaces were simpler than the Victorian and often featured Georgian and Art Nouveau details.