A monumental Statuary marble Chimney-piece carved by James Lovell for the State Drawing Room at Stowe, 1758-9.

The design of this Chimney-piece, like that from Hamilton Palace, derives from a design by Inigo Jones for Greenwich (J. Vardy Some Designs, plate 7). However, the treatment of the frieze corresponds to designs by James 'Athenian' Stuart, who must have been responsible for the overall design. It is interesting to note that Lovell reused the Terms of Minerva and Mercury for the Chimney-piece in the Gallery at Hagley Hall, which reflects the common practice of 18th Century sculptors to reuse terracotta models for different projects. We restored this Chimney-piece many years ago, which required an extensive and thorough cleaning. Courtesy of Carlton Hobbs.