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Style Napoleon III / Ref.1456

Napoleon III Portor and Carrara Statuary marble mantel with Corinthian columns

Width: 82'' ⅝  210cm
Height: 55'' ½  141cm
Depth: 15'' ¾  40cm
Inner width: 42'' ½  108cm
Inner height: 39'' ¾  101cm

19th century, France

In very good condition.

Black Portor marble mantel with detached Corinthian columns with white Carrara marble ornaments creating a remarkable contrast to the speckled gold of the Portor. The pure white base of the capitals support fluted columns that rise up to capitals adorned with acanthus leaves and scrolls. The centre of the entablature bears a shield engraved with the intermingled initials H and R, whilst the fluted frieze echoes the fluting of the columns. The scrolled sides bring an imposing stature to the composition. Napoleon III style.

Portor is a relatively rare marble quarried in Italy and in Corsica. It is found in France, but very sparingly. A dark black color scattered with yellow grooves. Sometimes these grooves are grey, the marble is then know as Portagent. The most beautiful Portor is dark black with deep yellow veins, like golden flames. Its name most likely comes from the town of Porto Venere on the Genoese coast where Louis XIV exploited quarries for the decoration of Versailles. Much used in the 17th, 18th and until the 20th century with the Art Deco style, for beautiful furniture, objets d’art and fireplace mantels.
This fireplace is sold without any insert nor marble floor but those can be made on order.

Price: on request

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