Reclaimed fireplace mantels have been prized items for interior development projects for a long time. Indeed, in 19th century Paris, “the bourgeoisie come to Drouot looking for old fireplaces or staircases to grace the new Haussmannian apartments where the undried plaster signifies the freshness of the fortune.” (Manuel Charpy, 2007, “L’ordre des choses. Sur quelques traits de la culture matérielle bourgeoise parisienne”, 1830-1914).
The fireplaces are delicate stone works. They require careful disassembly. Numerous dealers in antique materials have made these their speciality. Some not only have hundreds of antique fireplaces in stock, but also offer an installation service.
On the market, one can find elaborate and ornamental fireplace mantels as well as simple stone slabs.
Marble fireplaces (black, grey, red, combination)
French limestone fireplace (white)
Louis XV marble fireplace: ~€ 3000
Did you know?
It is not rare to come across white Bourgogne stone fireplaces that have been painted black. This was a widespread tradition to mark the death of an important person.