Design circa: 1870 French Second Empire.
Features - Angled plain console legs above scroll topped foot blocks surmounted by scroll and scallop shell capitals. Serpentine framed frieze with continuous torus moulding to the inside jambs. Simplified serpentine shaped shelf.
Although not as influential in Britain as it was in the United States, this revival of the French 17th century Second Empire incorporated design elements from an eclectic mix of European sources and is best defined here in the building of some of the great London hotels of the time, most notably the Grosvenor and Langham hotels.
Whilst French Second Empire mantels were often characterized by their ornate decoration and features during the latter period much of this disappeared as mantels became a more integral part of the whole wall. The Etienne design has been chosen to give a clean, subtle and contemporary feel to a classical design.