Combining clean lines with architectural finesse, the Chesneys collection of contemporary mantels offers an innovative alternative to traditional mantel design.
Chesneys have a long history of collaborating of collaboration with leading designers from the fields of fashion, furniture and interior design. These collections have formed an important addition to the rich tradition of domestic fireplace design.
Following the relative simplicity of the Regency period, Victorian fireplace design was characterised by an eclectic and unrestrained approach, incorporating elements of both classicism and naturalistic detail.
The Regency period saw a more austere approach to the use of classical ornament that had previously received such widespread and unfettered interpretation by Robert Adam and his followers during the 18th century.
Georgian fireplace design was based on the classical orders and followed strict rules of proportion whilst employing a rich and varied range of decorative devices.
The Chesney's French collection contains fine examples of both these styles, which remained popular throughout the 19th century and became trade items imported into England on a significant scale during the Victoria era.
Stone has been the most favoured materials for architecture from the earliest times. Its warm colour and rugged texture make it ideal for fireplaces of every period.
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