"Prince of Soubise" is an elegant custom-made mantel and is very characteristic of the Louis XV style. The gently flared jambs rise up to a scroll. They are adorned with molded panels that unfold on either sides of a central medallion in a design called "grooves and panels". This base supports a richly carved entablature. In its center, a stylized shell with flamed edges and a scalloped heart gives birth to a shredded acanthus leaf that gently curves up.
Two other shells with foliage and a plump core adorn the entablature forming a pair of medallions, which stand out against the carved out molded panels and the projecting baguette that highlights the entablature and extends down to the floor. The heads are upside down shells, with small bell-like flower bud drops. They are set against double scroll corbels, which emphasize the curves of the mantel.
The shelf also features a wave-shaped profile with curves and counter curves.
This model offers a wealth of sculpture and a profusion of decorative motifs that come directly from the eighteenth century styles. The ornaments stand out in sharp relief and give character to this rare and beautiful fireplace.
Optionally, with this model we suggest an elaborately decorated cast iron insert. The hearth plate presents an historical scene depicting two characters in battle.
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