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A late 18th century antique fireplace of pleasing architectural form, in statuary, Old English and Portoro Nero marbles. This mantelpiece originally designed for Arthurstone house, Perthshire exhibits close similarities to an Adam brother’s example in the North Drawing Room of Dumfries House. Dumfries House, designed by the Adam brothers is one of the finest Palladian mansions in Scotland and is of particular importance due to the extensive Chippendale commission that furnishes its interiors.
The moulded Old English cornice shelf above a frieze centered by a statuary tablet inlaid with richly veined Old English, flanked by panels of Portoro Nero, and ending with statuary end blocks with a finely carved, simplistic fluted detail. The jambs consist of fine statuary consoles, with a delicate carved rosette motif to the tops, on Portoro backgrounds. The whole mounted on Old English plinth blocks.
Height 54 in (137.2cm) width 70 3/8 in (178.8cm)
Internal height 41 1/4 in (106cm) width 44 in (111.8cm)
Shelf depth 8 1/4 in (21cm)