Italian Neo-Renaissance Walnut Fireplace Mantel
This extraordinary mantel is superbly carved, firstly with a simple dentil cornice; above a front panel, carved in high-relief with birds, scrolling leaves and tendrils on a pounced ground. The jambs are carved as a pair of muscular Atlas-like supporters which are a true pair, a left and a right. The naturalistically carved birds, plants and figures have a warmth and humanity in walnut which, if in marble, would be more cool and remote.
Most Neo-Renaissance fireplaces available are well-carved but rather formal. This one has a magical quality, look at the photos to see whether you agree. This is an unusual and extraordinary example. We have found no other like it.
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