Gothic Revival Antique Victorian Fireplaces…
“The Gothic Revival, also known as Victorian Gothic or Neo-Gothic movements influenced architecture Worldwide. Beginning in early 18th century England, before long the movement's influence was seen in the design of elements ancillary to architecture such as fireplaces, firegrates and lighting.”
The Gothic Revival, also known as Victorian Gothic or Neo-Gothic movements influenced architecture Worldwide. Beginning in early 18th century England, before long the movement's influence was seen in the design of elements ancillary to architecture such as fireplaces, firegrates and lighting. Nowadays good examples of Gothic Revival antique Victorian fireplaces in stone marble or wood are highly prized for reinstatement in suitable existing properties or new projects in that style because of the appealing, often intricate detail and the association with that prosperous period in England's history under Victoria's grandeur when all was well at home and abroad and for some, especially W N Pugin it was the rekindling of the philosophical notion of Anglican High Church confidence.
The period of the Gothic Revival spanned the whole of the 19th century with the zenith of its popularity between 1850 and the mid to late 1870s. This period interlinks with the heyday of the Victorian era too, as Queen Victoria ascended the throne on 20th June 1837 to reign for nearly 64 years.
In recreating the original Gothic styling the movement of course embodied elements of medievalism, which was manifested in the reincarnation of classical architectural concepts that were developed in the Middle Ages in France, Germany and the Netherlands.
The popularity of the Gothic Revival during the Victorian era… especially in England and America had a significant impact on the fireplaces that were built and installed during that time, resulting in many that are still in their original locations in grander and lesser buildings…including country houses, villas , town halls and other municipal and state and college buildings, railway stations and hotels… and many more that have been relocated in projects world wide, where the Gothic Revival manner was favoured.
With impressive architectural structures like the Palace of Westminster in London, by W N Pugin, or Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, to take inspiration from, Gothic Revival fireplaces were designed and built with strong lines and formaly somewhat forbidding grandeur and complexity. Traditional and classical design concepts came to bear on the fireplaces that were constructed during the Victorian era, which has led to the ongoing romanticism associated with Gothic Revival fireplaces and chimneypieces to this day.
The carving included delicate tracery carved detail on many materials from blue veined white Pencil Statuary marble on some of the finest examples to darker materials such as black Irish Kilkenny Fossil Marble, black and gold Italian Portora marble and French Rouge Griotte marble…to plain and fossil stone, and in wood, usually richly carved oak.
Carved jambs and spandrel sections of the frieze were particular embellishments synonymous with Gothic Revival Victorian fireplaces
. Large shelves were supported by heavy, but finely detailed jambs either side of the frieze bringing the style that was previously most associated with ecclesiastical buildings to the fine residential mansions , stately homes, municipal buildings and hotels of the Victorian era.
On certain highly sought after French Gothic Revival fireplaces, massive over-mantles were added to further enhance these grand and imposing structures usually installed in 19th century chateaux in France, Belgium and England. Cast iron fire grates and inserts were also a key element, giving them a distinctly medieval look and feel. Pointed and " slow " arched mouldings featured in the carvings on the jambs, spandrels and remaining frieze, reminiscent of the original gothic cathedrals, churches, monasteries and cloisters found throughout Europe, like the High Gothic of Notre-Dame de Chartres, and the Notre Dame catherdral in Paris. There are also the twin spired Gothic Cathedral in Cologne, North Germany and the Batalha Monastery in Portugal.
The craftsmanship, detail, material and quality of Gothic Revival antique Victorian fireplaces is frequently of the highest order …therefore hard and prohibitively expensive to replicate resulting in a constant high demand for the 19th century originals. With a limited number of well maintained examples in existence, the originals are highly prized and sought after. The best source for items of this style for the discerning buyer is at the premises of focused specialist architectural antique specialists.
About Westland London
Westland London display a vast panorama of antiques arranged in over 16 galleries at St Michael's Chruch, London. The Courtyard displays a wide selection of all kinds of Antique Architectural garden and building elements, fountains, statuary etc antique fireplaces, Statuary and Fountains. It's collection of antique Victorian fireplaces includes a number of impressive examples in the Gothic Revival manner.
Author - Lynsey Calver
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