This elegant antique French carved limestone mantel exhibits a simplistic yet important style that is characteristic of fireplaces in the early 1600’s- the period was that of Louis XIII, when the country was entering an era of prosperity. It’s the type of mantel that was seen in rich country Chateaux throughout the Loire Valley, carved from the local limestone in the surrounding hills. The form pre-dated the more elaborate and sinuous lines of Louis XIV and XV. Even as these new styles took over in the big cities of Paris, Lyon, and Bordeaux, the Louis XIII style of mantels was always a good choice for any country manoir or chateau. This fireplace dates to the 1700’s and has a wide keyed lintel with multiple stepped out moldings that rests upon “galbee” or gently curved console-style legs. Today, this type of antique fireplace makes for one of the most versatile style of all the old French mantels. It’s beautiful, simple lines, allow it to be used with virtually any style of architecture.
*Photo of the installed mantel (the last image) was taken in Dallas Texas, before it was pulled and taken to our store.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor losses and chips. Some old holes bored into side of legs in areas, which were likely to support cooking racks or tools. Please see photos.