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Stunning Range Of Antique & Period Style Fireplaces
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, 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 chimney pieces. These were often used as a status symbol for those privileged enough to have commissioned one. Many of these materials are 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 to create 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.
Cast Iron Fireplaces
Britain raced ahead of the world in terms of metal technology. Using advanced casting techniques at the time, foundries like Cole Brookdale created the most beautiful exquisitely detailed cast iron fire places. 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.