stone fireplace mantels with stately and imposing overmantels in the
photos below portray an elegant, old world ambience and sophistication that
evokes images of English country manors, European castles, Italian palazzi
and French chateaux . . . . .
Though in modern times the overmantel is a purely aesthectic adornment,
it was originally a very functional architectural element. Beginning in
the Middle Ages, it took the form of a hooded cover that was placed over
the fire to create a draft and to direct the smoke into a flue vented to
the outside. Despite its lack of functionality today, it continues to be
a highly (no pun intended!) decorative -- even regal -- design element that
mands attention and makes a dramatic statement when placed atop a compatible fireplace mantel.
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