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Louis XVI, Directoire & Empire Fireplaces

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Overseeing the shift from Rococo to a more modern form of neo-classicism, Thornhill Galleries offers a wide selection of Louis XVI, Directoire and Empire fireplaces. Louis XVI style saw a move to a more rustic simplicity in mantel design, augmented by asymmetry and straight, simple lines which once again incorporated elements of classicism. This neo-classical movement continued after the French revolution, in which Directoire style acted as a transition between Louis XVI and Empire. Directoire chimneypieces represented the revolutionary values of stoicism and morality using neo-classical architectural design motifs, decorated primarily with applied paint, rather than the carving or gilt seen in so many styles of the French decorative arts. Empire style chimneypieces took the Directoire’s more stoic representation of ancient Rome, and instead focused on the expansive opulence of Rome’s imperial splendour, highlighting the ambitions of Napoleon Buonaparte. Napoleon was heavily involved in the influence of Empire style, and many fire surrounds of the day would have been embellished with the motifs of his rule such as the Napoleonic bee, enhanced by Corinthian columns and further embellished with ormolu on marble and cast iron. For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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  • Stock No. 4284
    + VAT £7,950

    Shelf Width

    1349 mm  |  53 ⅛ in

    Overall Height

    1083 mm  |  42 ⅝ in

    Opening Height

    867 mm  |  34 ⅛ in

    Opening Width

    943 mm  |  37 ⅛ in

    Depth of Shelf

    365 mm  |  14 ⅜ in

    Stock No. 4284
     + VAT £7,950

    A French Louis XVI style veined Statuary marble fireplace. The stop fluted jambs surmounted by carved swirling paterae. The panelled frieze with moulded shelf above. Circa 1860.

  • Stock No. 4271
    + VAT £14,000

    Shelf Width

    1454 mm  |  57 ¼ in

    Overall Height

    1067 mm  |  42  in

    Opening Height

    857 mm  |  33 ¾ in

    Opening Width

    1064 mm  |  41 ⅞ in

    Depth of Shelf

    324 mm  |  12 ¾ in

    Stock No. 4271
     + VAT £14,000

    A good quality Statuary marble antique fireplace in the Louis XVI manner. The panelled jambs surmounted by carved rosette paterae, the frieze with swags, drapery and foliage to centre block. French, 19th century. (Photo’d prior to full restoration).

  • Stock No. 4255
    + VAT £8,500

    Shelf Width

    1654 mm  |  65 ⅛ in

    Overall Height

    1086 mm  |  42 ¾ in

    Opening Height

    895 mm  |  35 ¼ in

    Opening Width

    1273 mm  |  50 ⅛ in

    Depth of Shelf

    314 mm  |  12 ⅜ in

    Stock No. 4255
     + VAT £8,500

    A very elegant French Louis XVI style fireplace in Arabescato marble. The serpentine frieze with fluting of arcaded design. The fluted jambs of rounded form with square paterae end blockings above. Slight olive tone to the darker veining of the marble. A fine copy of an original piece.

  • Stock No. 4254
    + VAT £10,000

    Shelf Width

    1749 mm  |  68 ⅞ in

    Overall Height

    1121 mm  |  44 ⅛ in

    Opening Height

    851 mm  |  33 ½ in

    Opening Width

    1308 mm  |  51 ½ in

    Depth of Shelf

    375 mm  |  14 ¾ in

    Stock No. 4254
     + VAT £10,000

    A carved Arabescato marble fireplace in the French Louis XVI style. The jambs with carved acanthus leaves with rope moulding below and carved wreath and toed ribbon above. The panelled frieze with carved foliage and fruit throughout, tied with ribbon to centre. Panelled outground returns to jambs. An attractive marble with grey/olive veining.

  • Stock No. 4246
    + VAT £7,500

    Shelf Width

    1537 mm  |  60 ½ in

    Overall Height

    1108 mm  |  43 ⅝ in

    Opening Height

    864 mm  |  34  in

    Opening Width

    1089 mm  |  42 ⅞ in

    Depth of Shelf

    219 mm  |  8 ⅝ in

    Stock No. 4246
     + VAT £7,500

    A Carrara marble fireplace in the Louis XVI manner. The shaped, stop fluted jambs surmounted by swirling carved paterae. The bowed frieze with matching flutes and moulded shelf above. French, 19th century.

  • Stock No. 4244
    + VAT £28,000

    Shelf Width

    1600 mm  |  63  in

    Overall Height

    1175 mm  |  46 ¼ in

    Opening Height

    968 mm  |  38 ⅛ in

    Opening Width

    1200 mm  |  47 ¼ in

    Depth of Shelf

    419 mm  |  16 ½ in

    Overall Plinths

    1514 mm  |  59 ⅝ in

    Stock No. 4244
     + VAT £28,000

    A striking French Louis XVI style marble fireplace in Belgian Black and Italian Siena marble. The solid, shaped jambs surmounted by arched frieze with inlaid Siena panels. Moulded shelf about. Two very fine quality marbles working together to create a stunning piece. 19th century.

     

     

  • Stock No. 4239
    POA

    Shelf Width

    1638 mm  |  64 ½ in

    Overall Height

    1108 mm  |  43 ⅝ in

    Opening Height

    841 mm  |  33 ⅛ in

    Opening Width

    1165 mm  |  45 ⅞ in

    Depth of Shelf

    375 mm  |  14 ¾ in

    Stock No. 4239
    POA

    An elegant and good quality 19th century (circa 1840) French Louis XVI Statuary marble fireplace, with bowed frieze with guilloche carving. Round paterae above shaped jambs. Shelf length at wall line 62.75″

  • Stock No. 4238
    POA

    Shelf Width

    1521 mm  |  59 ⅞ in

    Overall Height

    1226 mm  |  48 ¼ in

    Opening Height

    953 mm  |  37 ½ in

    Opening Width

    1026 mm  |  40 ⅜ in

    Depth of Shelf

    346 mm  |  13 ⅝ in

    Stock No. 4238
    POA

    An unusually high mid 19th century French Louis XVI style fireplace in Carrara marble. The delicately carved shaped frieze with floral guilloche pattern, oval patera to centre and swirling end blockings. The jambs with carved scroll to base and central rope moulding surmounted by scrolled acanthus leaves.

  • Stock No. 4236
    + VAT £14,000

    Shelf Width

    1626 mm  |  64  in

    Overall Height

    1270 mm  |  50  in

    Opening Height

    1010 mm  |  39 ¾ in

    Opening Width

    1114 mm  |  43 ⅞ in

    Depth of Shelf

    400 mm  |  15 ¾ in

    Stock No. 4236
     + VAT £14,000

    An unusually high French marble fireplace in the Louis XVI manner. The shaped jambs surmounted by carved square paterae, the bowed frieze with stop-flutes throughout. Shaped moulded shelf above. A veined marble from the Greek island of Skyros. French, 19th century.

  • Stock No. 4221
    + VAT £7,950

    Shelf Width

    1238 mm  |  48 ¾ in

    Overall Height

    1076 mm  |  42 ⅜ in

    Opening Height

    886 mm  |  34 ⅞ in

    Opening Width

    918 mm  |  36 ⅛ in

    Depth of Shelf

    362 mm  |  14 ¼ in

    Stock No. 4221
     + VAT £7,950

    A Carrara marble fireplace in the Louis XVI manner. The shaped jambs with flutes throughout, surmounted by square carved paterae. Panelled frieze, surmounted by plain shelf. A restrained and elegant piece with good proportions for a study or smaller drawing room. French, 19th century.

     

  • Stock No. 4216
    POA

    Shelf Width

    1292 mm  |  50 ⅞ in

    Overall Height

    1045 mm  |  41 ⅛ in

    Opening Height

    883 mm  |  34 ¾ in

    Opening Width

    921 mm  |  36 ¼ in

    Depth of Shelf

    318 mm  |  12 ½ in

    Stock No. 4216
    POA

    A good quality French fireplace in veined Italian Arabescato marble. The jambs with shaped pilasters and stop-flutes to base. The plain frieze surmounted by shaped moulded shelf. 19th century.

     

  • Stock No. 4213
    POA

    Shelf Width

    1559 mm  |  61 ⅜ in

    Overall Height

    1226 mm  |  48 ¼ in

    Opening Height

    956 mm  |  37 ⅝ in

    Opening Width

    1073 mm  |  42 ¼ in

    Depth of Shelf

    425 mm  |  16 ¾ in

    Stock No. 4213
    POA

    A good quality Louis XVI style antique fireplace in Italian Pavonazzo marble. The stop fluted jambs surmounted by carved panels with flowers and tied ribbons. The frieze carved centre panel with scrolled foliage and cartouche to middle, flanked by flutes. Substantial moulded shelf above. An impressive piece. French.

  • Stock No. 4208
    + VAT £7,500

    Shelf Width

    1340 mm  |  52 ¾ in

    Overall Height

    1048 mm  |  41 ¼ in

    Opening Height

    813 mm  |  32  in

    Opening Width

    953 mm  |  37 ½ in

    Depth of Shelf

    381 mm  |  15  in

    Stock No. 4208
     + VAT £7,500

    A lightly veined Arabescato marble fireplace in the Louis XVI style. The stop-fluted jambs surmounted by panelled frieze with fluted end blocks. Moulded shelf above. French, 19th century. With original decorative cast iron contra coeure insert.

  • Stock No. 4197
    + VAT £16,000

    Shelf Width

    1276 mm  |  50 ¼ in

    Overall Height

    1051 mm  |  41 ⅜ in

    Opening Height

    851 mm  |  33 ½ in

    Opening Width

    902 mm  |  35 ½ in

    Depth of Shelf

    251 mm  |  9 ⅞ in

    Stock No. 4197
     + VAT £16,000

    A charming Louis XVI fireplace in Saint Anne des Pyrenees marble with delicate white carvings. The centre panel with hunting scene of wild boar, dogs, birds and flowers. The jambs and side blocking with finely carved oak leaves and acorns. Carved white beading to side blocks and inner jambs. Late 18th century.

  • Stock No. 4182
    + VAT £7,500

    Shelf Width

    1581 mm  |  62 ¼ in

    Overall Height

    1200 mm  |  47 ¼ in

    Opening Height

    905 mm  |  35 ⅝ in

    Opening Width

    1048 mm  |  41 ¼ in

    Depth of Shelf

    330 mm  |  13  in

    Stock No. 4182
     + VAT £7,500

    A good quality French Louis XVI style fireplace in white marble. The carved frieze with leaves bound by ribbons, the jambs with half rounded columns with delicate carving to flutes, the ingrounds with reeding wrapped in ribbons. The jambs are surmounted by large capitals featuring carved acanthus leaves. Shaped shelf above. A copy of a period piece.

  • Stock No. 4181
    + VAT £4,500

    Shelf Width

    1229 mm  |  48 ⅜ in

    Overall Height

    1057 mm  |  41 ⅝ in

    Opening Height

    870 mm  |  34 ¼ in

    Opening Width

    949 mm  |  37 ⅜ in

    Depth of Shelf

    298 mm  |  11 ¾ in

    Overall Plinths

    1191 mm  |  46 ⅞ in

    Stock No. 4181
     + VAT £4,500

    A 19th century French limestone fireplace in the Louis XVI manner. The stop-fluted jambs surmounted by carved square paterae, the frieze with plain panel. Moulded shelf above.

  • Stock No. 4177
    + VAT £15,000

    Shelf Width

    1822 mm  |  71 ¾ in

    Overall Height

    1940 mm  |  76 ⅜ in

    Opening Height

    1435 mm  |  56 ½ in

    Opening Width

    1143 mm  |  45  in

    Depth of Shelf

    489 mm  |  19 ¼ in

    Stock No. 4177
     + VAT £15,000

    A large, rustic French limestone fireplace. The shaped jambs with carved fruit surmounted by tied ribbons and lion masks. Plain frieze with moulded shelf above. An impressive piece. Circa 1900.

  • Stock No. 4166
    + VAT £6,950

    Shelf Width

    1667 mm  |  65 ⅝ in

    Overall Height

    1124 mm  |  44 ¼ in

    Opening Height

    933 mm  |  36 ¾ in

    Opening Width

    1365 mm  |  53 ¾ in

    Depth of Shelf

    222 mm  |  8 ¾ in

    Stock No. 4166
     + VAT £6,950

    A French Louis XVI style limestone fireplace. The frieze with centre patera to panelled frieze, the tapering panelled jambs with carved leaf and berry decoration with flower to centre. Sunflowers to side blockings. Modern. Shown in antique finish.

  • Stock No. 4164
    On Reserve

    Shelf Width

    1181 mm  |  46 ½ in

    Overall Height

    1032 mm  |  40 ⅝ in

    Opening Height

    860 mm  |  33 ⅞ in

    Opening Width

    826 mm  |  32 ½ in

    Depth of Shelf

    260 mm  |  10 ¼ in

    Stock No. 4164
    On Reserve

    An attractive French Directoire fireplace in grey Italian Bardiglio marble. The panelled frieze and jambs with matching inlaid white marble diamond panel featuring rosette and foliage. Moulded shelf. A copy of an earlier piece.

  • Stock No. 4161
    + VAT £5,500

    Shelf Width

    1264 mm  |  49 ¾ in

    Overall Height

    1067 mm  |  42  in

    Opening Height

    870 mm  |  34 ¼ in

    Opening Width

    940 mm  |  37  in

    Depth of Shelf

    387 mm  |  15 ¼ in

    Stock No. 4161
     + VAT £5,500

    An elegant French Louis XVI style white marble fireplace, with panelled and beaded frieze, tapering half round fluted columns with carved acanthus leaf capitals. A copy of an earlier piece.

  • Stock No. 4158
    + VAT £15,000

    Shelf Width

    1502 mm  |  59 ⅛ in

    Overall Height

    1118 mm  |  44  in

    Opening Height

    956 mm  |  37 ⅝ in

    Opening Width

    1175 mm  |  46 ¼ in

    Depth of Shelf

    235 mm  |  9 ¼ in

    Stock No. 4158
     + VAT £15,000

    A fine quality Louis XVI Directoire limestone fireplace. The fluted frieze with carved rosette to centre, flanked by finely carved end paterae. The fluted jambs with diamond motif below. Very crisp carving of a hard, light limestone. Late 18th century.

  • Stock No. 4157
    + VAT £13,500

    Shelf Width

    1508 mm  |  59 ⅜ in

    Overall Height

    1057 mm  |  41 ⅝ in

    Opening Height

    908 mm  |  35 ¾ in

    Opening Width

    1254 mm  |  49 ⅜ in

    Depth of Shelf

    286 mm  |  11 ¼ in

    Stock No. 4157
     + VAT £13,500

    An 18th century French Louis XVI limestone fireplace. The frieze with fluting to centre panel, flanked by Greek key pattern and carved rosettes. Stop-fluted jambs below. An attractive piece.

  • Stock No. 4156
    + VAT £15,000

    Shelf Width

    1619 mm  |  63 ¾ in

    Overall Height

    1118 mm  |  44  in

    Opening Height

    930 mm  |  36 ⅝ in

    Opening Width

    1302 mm  |  51 ¼ in

    Depth of Shelf

    311 mm  |  12 ¼ in

    Stock No. 4156
     + VAT £15,000

    A quality 18th century French Louis XVI limestone fireplace. The fluted jambs surmounted by carved end blocking with rosette. The panelled frieze with carved shell to centre. Breakfront shelf. A period, rustic piece in good condition.

  • Stock No. 4153
    + VAT £8,500

    Shelf Width

    1556 mm  |  61 ¼ in

    Overall Height

    1105 mm  |  43 ½ in

    Opening Height

    911 mm  |  35 ⅞ in

    Opening Width

    1245 mm  |  49  in

    Depth of Shelf

    413 mm  |  16 ¼ in

    Stock No. 4153
     + VAT £8,500

    A French Louis XVI style white marble fireplace, with carved frieze of interlocking leaves, berries and ribbons. The jambs with tapered half round columns with flutes and husks surmounted by capitals of stiff leaf form. The inner moulding with carved waterleaf. Good quality reproduction.

  • Stock No. 4150
    + VAT £12,500

    Shelf Width

    1616 mm  |  63 ⅝ in

    Overall Height

    1070 mm  |  42 ⅛ in

    Opening Height

    921 mm  |  36 ¼ in

    Opening Width

    1264 mm  |  49 ¾ in

    Depth of Shelf

    235 mm  |  9 ¼ in

    Stock No. 4150
     + VAT £12,500

    A finely carved French Louis XVI limestone fireplace. The delicately carved frieze with foliage to centre panel flanked by diamond motif with rosette to centre, and end blocks of floral paterae. The jambs with leaves and foliage surmounted. Directoire period with an Egyptian influence. Early 19th century.

  • Stock No. 4148
    + VAT £15,000

    Shelf Width

    1575 mm  |  62  in

    Overall Height

    1207 mm  |  47 ½ in

    Opening Height

    956 mm  |  37 ⅝ in

    Opening Width

    1302 mm  |  51 ¼ in

    Depth of Shelf

    318 mm  |  12 ½ in

    Stock No. 4148
     + VAT £15,000

    A rustic and substantial Caen stone fireplace. The solid, panelled jambs surmounted by frieze with star motifs throughout. Rustic feel throughout, not overly restored. French, 18th century.

  • Stock No. 4145
    + VAT £11,000

    Shelf Width

    1353 mm  |  53 ¼ in

    Overall Height

    1048 mm  |  41 ¼ in

    Opening Height

    816 mm  |  32 ⅛ in

    Opening Width

    924 mm  |  36 ⅜ in

    Depth of Shelf

    346 mm  |  13 ⅝ in

    Stock No. 4145
     + VAT £11,000

    An elegant Statuary white marble fireplace in the Louis XVI style. The shaped jambs with carved rope moulding t0 centre, surmounted by carved swirling paterae to end blocks. The panelled frieze with matching patera and fine beading. Moulded shelf. French, 19th century. Good quality marble.

  • Stock No. 4140
    + VAT £20,000

    Shelf Width

    1594 mm  |  62 ¾ in

    Overall Height

    1083 mm  |  42 ⅝ in

    Opening Height

    838 mm  |  33  in

    Opening Width

    1165 mm  |  45 ⅞ in

    Depth of Shelf

    406 mm  |  16  in

    Stock No. 4140
     + VAT £20,000

    A fine quality Louis XVI style fireplace in Italian Carrara marble. The shaped jambs with carved acanthus leaves and scrollwork, surmounted by carved square paterae. The shaped, frieze with foliage, bellflowers and fine leaf work throughout. Panelled outgrounds. French, 19th century.

  • Stock No. 4138
    + VAT £9,500

    Shelf Width

    1451 mm  |  57 ⅛ in

    Overall Height

    1083 mm  |  42 ⅝ in

    Opening Height

    819 mm  |  32 ¼ in

    Opening Width

    994 mm  |  39 ⅛ in

    Depth of Shelf

    387 mm  |  15 ¼ in

    Stock No. 4138
     + VAT £9,500

    A 19th century French Louis XVI style fireplace in Carrara marble. The moulded jambs with attractive acanthus leaves and scrolled returns, the frieze with carved oval paterae, moulded panels and square paterae to side blockings. Breakfront shelf.

  • Stock No. 4137
    + VAT £4,500

    Shelf Width

    1524 mm  |  60  in

    Overall Height

    1127 mm  |  44 ⅜ in

    Opening Height

    937 mm  |  36 ⅞ in

    Opening Width

    1086 mm  |  42 ¾ in

    Depth of Shelf

    321 mm  |  12 ⅝ in

    Stock No. 4137
     + VAT £4,500

    A French Louis XV style fireplace in white marble. The shaped, panelled jambs surmounted by frieze with carved shell and scrolls. Shaped shelf. Modern.

  • Stock No. 4132
    + VAT £8,500

    Shelf Width

    1454 mm  |  57 ¼ in

    Overall Height

    1006 mm  |  39 ⅝ in

    Opening Height

    829 mm  |  32 ⅝ in

    Opening Width

    1146 mm  |  45 ⅛ in

    Depth of Shelf

    327 mm  |  12 ⅞ in

    Stock No. 4132
     + VAT £8,500

    A good quality French Louis XVI style limestone fireplace. The shaped, stop-fluted jambs surmounted by carved square paterae. The frieze with carved handed C-scroll surmounted by breakfront shelf. 19th century.

  • Stock No. 4130
    + VAT £4,950

    Shelf Width

    1502 mm  |  59 ⅛ in

    Overall Height

    1143 mm  |  45  in

    Opening Height

    908 mm  |  35 ¾ in

    Opening Width

    1086 mm  |  42 ¾ in

    Depth of Shelf

    298 mm  |  11 ¾ in

    Stock No. 4130
     + VAT £4,950

    A French Louis XVI style white marble fireplace. The panelled frieze with oval centre patera. Half round tapering columns surmounted by matching fluted blockings, with moulded shelf above. A copy of an earlier piece.

  • Stock No. 4109
    + VAT £12,500

    Shelf Width

    1499 mm  |  59  in

    Overall Height

    987 mm  |  38 ⅞ in

    Opening Height

    768 mm  |  30 ¼ in

    Opening Width

    1070 mm  |  42 ⅛ in

    Depth of Shelf

    200 mm  |  7 ⅞ in

    Stock No. 4109
     + VAT £12,500

    A French Louis XVI style Carrara marble fireplace. The frieze with carved foliage and swirling paterae throughout, with winged beasts and urn to centre. The jambs with shaped panel surmounted by end blocking with carved oak leaves. Plain moulded shelf above. 19th century.

  • Stock No. 4105
    + VAT £10,000

    Shelf Width

    1283 mm  |  50 ½ in

    Overall Height

    1184 mm  |  46 ⅝ in

    Opening Height

    981 mm  |  38 ⅝ in

    Opening Width

    864 mm  |  34  in

    Depth of Shelf

    359 mm  |  14 ⅛ in

    Stock No. 4105
     + VAT £10,000

    An unusually tall French marble fireplace in the Louis XVI manner. The elegant jambs with tapering, fluted columns surmounted by carved capitals, the frieze with fluting throughout surmounted by moulded shelf above. 19th century.

  • Stock No. 4101
    + VAT £3,950

    Shelf Width

    1480 mm  |  58 ¼ in

    Overall Height

    1130 mm  |  44 ½ in

    Opening Height

    940 mm  |  37  in

    Opening Width

    1111 mm  |  43 ¾ in

    Depth of Shelf

    232 mm  |  9 ⅛ in

    Stock No. 4101
     + VAT £3,950

    An architectural French Louis XVI limestone fireplace. The breakfront shelf of stepped form, solid legs and plain frieze. A copy of an original 18th century piece. Could be antiqued if required.

  • Stock No. 4085
    + VAT £7,500

    Shelf Width

    1391 mm  |  54 ¾ in

    Overall Height

    1086 mm  |  42 ¾ in

    Opening Height

    937 mm  |  36 ⅞ in

    Opening Width

    1086 mm  |  42 ¾ in

    Depth of Shelf

    298 mm  |  11 ¾ in

    Stock No. 4085
     + VAT £7,500

    A good quality French Louis XVI style Italian Arabescato marble fireplace. The finely carved guilloche frieze with rosettes, acorns and foliage throughout, flanked by carved square paterae. The jambs with stop flutes with carved husks. Breakfronted shelf.  A copy of an 18th century original originally from Thimbleby Hall, North Yorkshire.

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