Design circa: 1790 Late Georgian.
In the classical manner of Sir John Soane, famous for his designs including those of The Bank of England and Dulwich Picture Gallery
Features - Inverse Bolection framework comprising flat jambs and fascia inside a deep serpentine reveal all crowned by an equally well proportioned and complementary serpentine and cavetto profiled cornice shelf.
The later Georgian period witnessed an explosion of house building in the UK.
The introduction of pattern books enabled the speculative builders of the age to copy and incorporate grander designs into their own residential developments.
The Building Act of 1774, designed to reduce the risk of fires in towns and cities, further helped standardize components making them more readily and widely available for construction.
For a simpler, minimal design this mantel can be fitted without the top shelf.
The most famous architects of the day Robert Adam, William Chambers and John Nash had a profound influence on interior design with Adam particularly famed for exquisitely intricate detailing especially on mantel pieces.
As we progress through the period towards the end of the 18th Century a certain austerity becomes more popular as witnessed in Sir John Soane’s Greek revival designs.