Afireplace of the correct vintage, style and size gives any restoration project integrity. Specialist dealers o er examples from every era from the 17th century onwards, and some incorporate elements of even earlier pieces. It’s rare to find an antique fire in pristine original condition; until the arrival of central heating, fireplaces were the main sources of warmth and, as such, were in regular operation. Few survived the rigours of everyday use without showing signs of wear and tear, while some sustained damage when they were removed from one room and altered to fit another or while they were being salvaged. Where repairs are needed, it’s a good idea to have these done before installation.
Palladian chimney piece, c1750, around £40,000, Jamb BELOW LEFT George III pine chimney piece, c1770, with white marble in-grounds and foot blocks, £4,650, Lassco