Design circa: 1700 Baroque.
Features - Simple incised framework to jambs and fascia surmounted by a plain frieze and topped with a complex serpentine and cavetto fronted cornice shelf.
The Baroque period beginning around 1625 followed on from Tudor and Jacobean England where timber was slowly being superseded by brick and stone in general construction and the fireplace had at last found its place against a wall rather than the centre of the room.
For a simpler minimal design this mantel can be fitted without the frieze and without the top shelf
The Baroque period sees the first influences of classical architecture in Britain following the return of landed gentry from their “Grand Tours” of renaissance Italy and Greece and bringing with them the notion of the classical orders.
This profoundly affected all aspects of building design using the central notion of ‘decorum”, the Latin word for appropriateness, which had recently been rediscovered in contemporary Italy from ancient writings about art.
Inigo Jones, Surveyor to the Crown was the most famous Architect of his time and is credited with almost single-handedly altering the course of architectural design in this country. For the first time rules were used to design and layout buildings and interior features.
The Baroque period is most famously known for its extravagance and use of ornament and as with most periods in architectural history it is usually the more grand examples that survive.
There was also a simpler and less dramatic side to the Baroque which clearly illustrates the influence of classical design from which the Beaumont heralds.