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Marble Surrounds

Classically restrained, beautifully proportioned and faithfully reproduced from original drawings our English-style  marble chimneypieces strike a note of timeless good taste; their more flamboyant French-inspired counterparts lend a touch of courtly grandeur to any setting. We use the best-quality stone to guarantee the finest possible detail, and finish every one of these objects of desire by hand.

Thomas Hope

The THOMAS HOPE chimneypiece is shown here paired with another striking design, the Stirling steel insert, and a boxed and lipped granite hearth.

A modern single-ribbon gas fire, operated by remote control, works well with this combination, while a log-burning option is also available. To help you co-ordinate your decorative scheme we also produce a Stirling mirror (left) which replicates the frame of the insert.For the Georgian landed gentry, a marble fireplace was a symbol of affluence and continental good taste, a more refined choice than its stone predecessors. It was also the perfect place to exhibit The Orders – the rules of proportion and decoration, derived from ancient Greek and Roman buildings, which governed architectural beauty at the time and influenced later styles. Inspired by the late-18th-century designer after whom it is named, our Empire- style THOMAS HOPE mantel (above and overleaf) is carved by hand from the finest Imperial white marble; its tapered columns recall the ancient Egyptian aesthetic. Every one of our marble fireplaces is the result of painstaking labour from a team of highly accomplished craftsmen. Processes include cutting the blocks of marble, ‘boxing’ or adding the rebates, hand-carving the corbels, architraves and other details, and honing to a tactile sheen.