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A celebration of antique marble in our four new reproduction mantels.
1 December 2017

As an antique dealer there is constant inspiration from the antiques I discover, the people I meet and my beloved library of books. Our large collection of antique mantels often inform us of the designs we want to add to our Jamb collection and once the antique is sold, we play with the overall dimensions that we think will work better in a modern environment and work with the materials from our vast stock of marbles.

It is no surprise that the inspiration I gather compels me to continue and add new designs to our reproduction lighting, fireplace and furniture ranges; and I am thrilled to introduce four new designs to our fireplace reproduction collection.

The Mereworth reproduction fireplace in Occhio di Pavone.

It is of the upmost importance to me when executing a new product, that not only is there integrity in design but also that the final product reflects both quality of material and perfect craftsmanship. It is essential to me therefore that we own a large stock of antique and rare marbles with which we can produce our mantels. The Mereworth above in Occhio di Pavone, is a fine example of this. Although it is available in white marble, Breche Violette or English Limestone, the combination here is absolutely lovely. The first time I used the material was for a bolection I made for our apartment in Hanbury Street. I loved it so much that I bought another large block to carve from. You never know what you are going to reveal with ancient stones and marbles and the finished surface and markings of this marble is just fabulous. It proves how a design from the first part of the 18th Century stands the test of time to look as contemporary today as it did during its conception.

The Lutyens bolection in Derbyshire Fossil.

The Lutyens bolection inspired after an original design by Edwin Lutyens, the late 19th, early 20th Century architect, combines the principles of his design. He was celebrated for modernising traditional architectural styles, creating unique Neo-Georgian Classicism with a clean uncluttered style. Again, I created this design for one of the bedrooms in Hanbury Street. I was lucky enough to be given some antique Derbyshire Fossil from Castle Rising to carve from and I used the remaining material to create this example.

The Daumet in grey bardiglio and white statuary marble.

The pure elegance and uniqueness of the Daumet, named after Honore Daumet, (1826-1911) the French architect, responsible for reconstructing the Château de Chantilly and the Basilique de Sacré-Cœur, is again a beautiful illustration between the interplay of marbles. The contrast between white and Grey Bardiglio marble in conjunction with the classic French, Louis XVI style exudes pure elegance.

The Abercorn in white statuary marble.

The Abercorn is named after the Marquess of Abercorn who owned Bentley Priory in the 18th Century and who commissioned Sir John Soane to refurbish the original 11th Century monastery in a ‘lavish and sumptuous manner’. The strong, masculine proportions of the plain sunken panelled jambs that rise up to the mantle shelf, not only reflect the design sensibilities of Soane but could almost be seen to reflect the history of the house. The Grade II listed Country House played a pivotal role in the Second world war as it was the headquarters for the RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.

I am looking forward to seeing what homes these wonderful designs end up in.