Late 18th Century Statuary and Tiree Chimney-piece

The use of Tiree marble, from the Scottish island of that name, within English Chimney-pieces dates to the late 18th Century, and was to prove popular with a number of workshops and architects. The pink ground contrasting with the pure Statuary marble extremely elegantly. This Chimney-piece was installed by us to replace an original which had been stolen from a London town house designed by the Adam brothers. The polished Stove Grate within the opening was installed with white marble slips, to the client's specification. However, this is not architecturally correct, in that polished black marble would have been used originally. The Grate is unfortunately a late 19th Century copy.