Late 18th Century Statuary and Derbyshire Spar Marble Chimney-piece

This Chimney-piece was made for the dining room of a late 18th Century London town house, and incorporates raised Spar Marble Pateraes. The polished steel Stove Grate, formed from a combination of cast and wrought iron, retains traces of the original engraving, and all of the original raised bosses. Circa 1785. The celebrated Spar Marbles quarried from Derbyshire started being sold in London shops at the end of the 18th Century to much popular success, where the material was extensively used for vases, obelisks and columns which were displyed on top of Chimney-piece cornices.