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Antique French Louis XIV Style "Levanto Rouge" Marble Fireplace Mantel France circa 1875

The elegant simplicity of this antique French Louis XIV style fireplace mantel from France circa 1875 is reminiscent of those seen at the beginning of the eighteenth century in Parisian interiors. Because the marble is quite unusual and rare this design with its geometric lines and unadorned surfaces places attention on the superb colour and veining of the marble itself. The front of the mantel is distinguished by gently raised rectangular sections carved directly from the marble slab. the subtle difference in surface profile adds enormously to the chic understatement of the mantel. Please enlarge the additional photographs provided to see the unique movement of the marble pieces and the proportion of the top to the sides and front. The mantel is made in four pieces, the top lays horizontally atop the left and right vertical sides that are joined across the front directly beneath the top by a fourth piece. When installed the four pieces are set into place and secured by a plaster mixture. The black box shown in the photographs merely supports the four pieces so we may show them all together. Please be sure to note the height of this mantel. The height indicates an awareness of scale that is particularly French. This mantel was originally installed in a living room or study where the primary activity allowed an experience of the mantel enclosing the blazing fire while seated. That type of activity dictated the scale of the mantel as well as its relative simplicity as the top surface was utilized for the display of precious objects to be appreciated at eye level. The sense of intimacy created by the scale of this mantel is vastly different from those seen in most newly built houses and offers an especially compelling perspective for contemporary living. The dimensions of the opening are 37" wide x 33" high.

# FBA12

DIMENSIONS

49.50" w x 14.00" d x 39.00" h

125.73cm w x 35.56cm d x 99.06cm h

$6,388.00

Louis XIV Style "Levanto Rouge" Marble Fireplace Mantel, France c.1875. The elegant simplicity of this mantel is reminiscent of those seen at the beginning of the eighteenth century in Parisian interiors. Because the marble is quite unusual and rare this design with its geometric lines and unadorned surfaces places attention on the superb colour and veining of the marble itself. The front of the mantel is distinguished by gently raised rectangular sections carved directly from the marble slab. the subtle difference in surface profile adds enormously to the chic understatement of the mantel. Please enlarge the additional photographs provided to see the unique movement of the marble pieces and the proportion of the top to the sides and front. The mantel is made in four pieces, the top lays horizontally atop the left and right vertical sides that are joined across the front directly beneath the top by a fourth piece. When installed the four pieces are set into place and secured by a plaster mixture. The black box shown in the photographs merely supports the four pieces so we may show them all together. Please be sure to note the height of this mantel. The height indicates an awareness of scale that is particularly French. This mantel was originally installed in a living room or study where the primary activity allowed an experience of the mantel enclosing the blazing fire while seated. That type of activity dictated the scale of the mantel as well as its relative simplicity as the top surface was utilized for the display of precious objects to be appreciated at eye level. The sense of intimacy created by the scale of this mantel is vastly different from those seen in most newly built houses and offers an especially compelling perspective for contemporary living. The dimensions of the opening are 37" wide x 33" high.