Hand-carved and assembled using round dowel construction, this amazing walnut fireplace was originally installed in a house in Burgundy, France, in the 1700’s. The mantel has a deep, rich brown color often seen with walnut furnishings, and a patina that cannot be duplicated.
Asymmetrically shaped carvings with thick moldings along the front façade are emphasized by the sinuous arbalete top with quarter round molding above a cavetto cornice. The lintel is shaped in a similar manner to the top, with sharp changes in direction that accentuate the curves. A scalloped shell medallion is inset within a pair of volute carvings and rests upon the lower molding that is comprised of facing volutes with graceful tails.
Our 18th century walnut fireplace mantel has a firebox opening of 52 ½” W and a minimum H of 34 ½”. It would be the focal point of any living room, library, or bedroom in which it is placed and can be paired with stone or wood walls.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition, with minor age separations and traces of old wood worm, resulting in light losses. Some old fills and repairs are visible. Slight discoloration to the interior of the firebox, commensurate with exposure to smoke and fire.