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ANTIQUE & PERIOD STYLE FIREPLACES
WILSONS TOP FIREPLACE PICKS
Wilsons offer a beautiful range of original antique fireplaces.
They are sympathetically restored to retain the elegance and craft work inherent in the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco plus Arts and Crafts periods. Most of these qualities are sadly lacking in today’s mass-produced fireplaces.
Wilsons Yard fireplaces range from Grand elaborate chimney pieces, down to simple cast iron parlour or bedroom pieces. The common factor throughout is that we only buy and sell quality pieces.
This does not mean that these are more expensive, in fact frequently they are more competitive that new mass-produced copies.
Have a look at our current stock and if you don’t see what you are looking for please contact us as we have always pieces being restored.
Below is a little background that we hope you will find interesting
With the arrival of tall ships, merchants sailed all over the known world bringing back the finest marble. This was then worked by the best craftsmen in Europe and turned into spectacular fireplaces / chimney pieces. These were often used as a status symbol for those privileged enough to have commissioned one. Many of these materials are sadly no longer available.
Marble fireplaces were seen as status symbols for those privileged to own them. Exquisite Marble fireplaces represent European craftsmanship at its pinnacle and since some of the marble is no longer available, they are truly unique.
Marbleized Slate Fireplaces
Marbleized Slate fireplaces came into their own in the late 19th century as an attractive alternative to high cost marble pieces. Today after restoration they have a look that lends itself to both elegant and contemporary of settings. Our restorers hand finish each piece, creating beautiful patterns and tones. Often, we will have unfinished pieces in stock that can be finished to you colour schemes.
Wooden fireplaces really offered the 19th century wood workers and carvers a chance to show off their skills with beautifully hand carved Classical detailing such as Acanthus leaves and Corinthian Columns ensured that the finished pieces were striking. They also focused on the fashion of the time, developing more simple lines and rounded columns such as Bolection mouldings, all created with the finest slow grown timbers.
Cast Iron Fireplaces
In the 18th and 19th century Britain raced ahead of the world in terms of metal technology. Using advanced casting techniques of the time, foundries such as Colebrookdale created the most beautiful exquisitely detailed cast iron fireplaces. These fireplaces were exported all over the globe. Fortunately, these cast iron fireplaces have stood the test of time and today with a little sympathetic restoration you can avail of these beautiful antique fireplaces.
Natural Stone Fireplaces
All fireplace originate from stone, from simple to grand and have been used in everything from cottages to Castles thought Europe.
At Wilsons you will find both Antique stone fireplace and new hand carved stone fireplaces. The will come in a wide range of style and prices. From Large ornate gothic chimney pieces to simple linear stone fireplaces. Our new fireplaces are made from a multitude of stone including Bath Stone, Portland stone, Yorkstone and various Sandstones plus Kilkenny Limestone to name a few. Our talented Stone masons carve these beautiful stone to create your perfect bespoke natural stone fireplace.