Hand-carved in the style of Louis XVI, this striking French wood mantel dates to the 1900s. Decorative motifs during the reign of Louis XVI were inspired by ancient civilizations (Rome, Greece, Egypt, etc.), thanks to the rediscoveries of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
The ebonized wood has a wonderful dark chocolate color that is enhanced by numerous gilt bronze mounts on the lintel and legs. A supple cornice adorns the top of the lintel, with more prominent molding below. In between is an interlace of carved Vitruvian waves filled with three distinct gilt rosettes surrounded by golden leaves. The repeating flowers are flanked by rectangular florets (also gilt bronze) that align over the pilaster legs. A golden olive wreath drapery surmounts a large leaf located at the top of each leg. Two wide flutes, known as chandelles, embellish the bottom of the leg, partially filled with leaf buds, just above a large bronze leaf. The feet are stepped out, providing stability for the 33” H x 43” W firebox opening. Our unique Louis XVI-style ebonized mantel with well-detailed bronze dore mounts can be used in any room needing a bold and elegant fireplace.
CONDITION: Very good condition, with light nicks and rubs. Commensurate wear to interior with minor losses. Surface of lintel refinished.