A very fine Portoro Marble antique Victorian arched chimneypiece. The moulded shelf is set above a simple panelled frieze centred by a plain panel above a keystone linking the panelled gently arched surround which rests on wide footblocks.
English, circa 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 fine quality and almost certainly came 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 the high quality and the distinctive black and gold veining.
Link to: Antique Victorian, William IV and Edwardian fireplaces and chimneypieces.