A fire surround, made of timber, marble or cast iron. Often architectural in concept and execution, they may feature pilasters, volutes, shaped cornices and so on, usually surmounted by a large mirror or over mantel. Cast iron fire grates were introduced from the mid-18th century. Early versions were usually free standing, but late Victorian and Edwardian fireplaces were often equipped with cast-iron and tiled grates intended to fit exactly the fire surround opening. The cast-iron backplates reflected heat back into the room.
A Victorian Carrara marble mantle and Fireplace surround, 19th century, the white marble arched fireplace surround with fruit and floral relief carved spandrels and a flower encrusted crest. Height 123 cm. Width 183 cm. (mantle) Depth 38 cm
An antique white Carrara marble fireplace surround, 19th century, with a serpentine mantle and a curvaceous lintel with a central crest and leafy embellishments issuing berries, acanthus and cabriole side supports with scrolled ends. Height 96 cm. Width 13
Important Australian hardwood and Burlwood Fireplace surround and over mantle mirror C1880 with architectural pediment above finely moulded garlands carved in deep relief, the mirror with egg and dart and beaded surround, the fire surround with carved flow
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