The traditional stone fireplace mantel with overmantel, despite its exis-
tence for more than 800 years -- or perhaps, because of it -- is as pop-
ular today as ever . . . . .
Whether a soaring floor-to-ceiling ensemble, or a more compact design, it is certain to have a commanding presence in your room!
For real authenticity, some extraordinary antique mantelpieces - both Eu-
ropean made and American made - are available in the marketplace today. The two examples below show the diverse range of antique chimneypieces. On the left is a rather simple but elegant French limestone mantel with overmantel, or "trumeau," as the French call it. On the right is a magnifi-
cently carved and gilded marble mantel and overmantel originally created for a 19th century New York City town house.
Due to the immense popularity of antique fireplace surrounds
today, several artisans and manufactur-
ers are making high quality reproductions of earlier period styles, as well as "modernized" versions of
those styles. Ranging from precise, exquisitely
carved copies of historic chimneypieces . . . . .
to more affordable, albeit well designed and beautifully crafted pieces . . .
you have a virtually unlimited array of quality options from which to choose. In addition to the images on the
previous page, the fireplace pho-
tos below portray a multitude of currently available choices in traditional stone mantelpiece design. Hopefully, you will find one that is just right for you!
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