An exceptional, early 19th century, Regency Neoclassical, Statuary marble chimneypiece
An early 19th century English Regency, neoclassical statuary marble fireplace, carved in Italy to the highest quality with crisply and deeply carved undercutting to the sculptural decoration. The centre tablet with a scene from the Roman poet Virgil’s epic Aeneid depicting the legendary founder of the Roman race, Aeneas. He recounts the misfortune and destruction of Troy after a ten-year war and his own predestined fate, to Dido his future tragic lover, the founder and first queen of Carthage. Circa 1825–1830. See following page for further details.