Homes and Antiques Magazine - - THE GUIDE -

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

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