A Fine Georgian Composition Ornamented Mantle

A Fine Georgian Composition Ornamented Mantle

Composition ornament, usually involving some mixture of chalk, resin and hide glue has a long history, but was really popularized as a substitute for wood carving by Robert Adam around 1770. It remained popular in high style American interiors for decades and was used in Monticello and the White house.

This mantle is British and dates to the 1770-80 period. We think the central ornament could be a depiction of Winchester Cathedral. It has been stripped of its paint, which would likely have been an off white to give the appearance of stone.

The fireplace opening is 36.5 H x 47.75 W.

England, 1770-80 c.H: 49.25"W: 59 / 66 max"D: 6"Reference number: 27523