A late 18th Century Statuary and Sienna marble Chimney-piece.

The restoration of this imposing marble Chimney-piece from 11 Bryanston Square required the extensive cleaning of the incredibly coal smoked stained marble. The original architrave, carved with Egg and Dart, survived in parts but required replacing. The Sienna marble that contrasts so well with the Statuary is particularly well figured, and the craftsmanship of execution is extremely high. Despite appearing as one, both columns were in fact formed from two pieces of Sienna marble, the joint appearing to the centre is barely visible. Forming the junction from such friable marble is complicated on a flat joint line, but effecting this on a circular column, with an Enthesis, is far more complicated and illustrates the high quality craftsmanship. Courtesy of a London Estate.