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A Louis XVI Caen stone chimneypiece
French, late eighteenth century,
the lintel with rectangular shelf over a panelled frieze with central stop fluting and paterae end blocks, raised on projecting stop fluted jambs,
typical of period French provincial chimneypieces sited salient to the chimney breast and generally on a raised hearth, this example sits on extremely deep jambs. These can be kept at their original depth to provide walls for the 'fire box' (where aperture size allows) or can easily be reduced in depth to enable fitting with minimum excavation.