Palatial fire surround
At Marmorea we are constantly striving to add the unusual and unique to our inventory of surrounds, acquiring pieces from the UK and around the globe on a regular basis, and occasionally, a piece such as this palatial antique French, Louis XV surround comes along.
The scale of this surround and the superb quality of the Sienna marble with its characteristic yellow veining makes it a stunning chimneypiece even before we examine the fine carvings, and we can be certain that it was taken from large and opulent surroundings.
The frieze has an intricate high relief carving at the centre, depicting Heracles – or Hurcules as we know him – in lion headdress. According to Greek mythology, Heracles – son of Zeus and mortal, Alcmene – was the only man born of a mortal woman to become a god upon his death, and his image symbolises strength, courage and power.
Flanking the central carving, the frieze panels feature acanthus leaf detail and mouldings, and the jambs have – again – carved acanthus leaves surmounted by fluted, husked corner blocks and panelled side returns.
Every aspect of this surround comes together to create a monumental and rare piece of superior quality that will, without doubt, become a talking point wherever its next resting place turns out to be.
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