Neoclassical Design at its Best
Marmorea has just taken stock of this striking antique neoclassical chimneypiece in white statuary marble with Convent Sienna marble inlay.
The Convent Sienna marble – so named because a religious order of nuns were granted the mining rights in the late middle ages – differs from standard Sienna marble because of its deeper colours and more intense veining which – as seen on this elegant piece, complements the statuary white marble perfectly.
Typical of neoclassical design – the predominant movement in European art and architecture during the late 18th and early 19th centuries – this fire surround has delicately carved panels of tied bell drops, scrolls, foliage and oval paterae on the jambs which also have inlaid Sienna marble on the inner slips.
The stop fluted panels on either side of the conforming centre tablet – again featuring scrolls and foliage – add a particularly pleasing aspect and the end blocks of carved, swirled paterae beneath a tired and moulded shelf create a lovely simplicity to contrast the more complicated decorative style of the carvings.
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