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.
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
Antique French carved oak fire surround and mirror, the base fitted with a painted material inset panel showing an armorial crest. Flanked by two turned barley twist columns, W 139 cm x H 116 cm, the mirror frame carved in high relief with female masks and
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