A late 18th century Statuary and Brocatelle marble chimneypiece, inlaid with a Greek key design on the frieze. The finely carved tablet depicts a goddess, perhaps Persephone, holding a cornucopia brimming with fruit, including a pineapple; something of a luxury in 18th century Britain. Beside her, a putto holds aloft an ear of wheat as he rides a lion pulling the goddess' chariot. In the distance, a small temple sits atop a hill, very much like the temple follies seen in 18th century parkland. Flanking the frieze are two elegantly carved endblocks, depicting a putto holding torches - another symbol of Persephone. These are supported by gently tapered jambs, inlaid with flutes of brocatelle marble and terminating in plain footblocks.
English, Circa 1790 with restorations.
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