A Monumental Brèche Violette Fireplace
In the Louis XV Manner
The imposing brèche violette marble fireplace dressed with exceptional gilt bronze mounts throughout, its canted corners giving rise to magnificent carved volute jambs raised on ormolu hairy paw feet, and supporting the serpentine shelf; the frieze adorned with a lavish central ormolu cartouche of a winged shell flanked by scrolling acanthus leaves. The wide serpentine opening housing the original cast iron backplate, depicting classical figures from ancient mythology including Apollo and Pegasus.
French, circa 1880