Featuring Louis XIV-style elements, this French fireplace mantel was hand-carved circa 1880 out of an elegant nero marquina marble. Quarried in the town of Marquina, in the Basque Country, this marble was quite popular during the 1800’s, often used as flooring and for fireplaces. The deep black stone has variegated white veining throughout, enhancing the beauty of the stone, which is magnified by the smoothly carved moldings. Most noticeably, the firebox opening has a luscious half-round border that is two inches thick. The feet are augmented by a six-inch thick protruding bolection and the lintel has several thin layers of molding. A bronze rosette medallion, set within beading and a foliate ring, graces each side, also functioning as a vent. Our nero marquina mantel can instantly transform any fireplace into a work of art, whether it is in a living room, den, or bedroom. It is equally at home in a contemporary interior design as it is in a traditional.
Firebox opening: 35 1/8 H x 34 3/4 W.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with fleabites and very light scratches. The mantel currently consists of five pieces of marble. Some wear and glue/bonding to pieces as seen from back of fireplace.