This is a discovery that we as restorers and carvers of Ancient Surfaces have noticed for years now.
The intense usage of the golden ratio in fireplaces carved centuries ago was more prevalent and widespread that previously ever expected.
The odd thing is that only a handful of historic references mention how common place this practice was.
I think that carvers in the renaissance era and onward just developed a second nature to involuntarily produce such harmonic ratios since many stone fireplaces were reclaimed from farmhouses belonging to the less sophisticated mercantile class.
Those merchants never had a connoisseur eye for architectural does and don’t and can be compared to what we call today the newly found money or ‘Nouveaux Rich’.
In most parts they had to employ local talent that were in many cases self tough craftsmen and journeymen not belonging to carving guilds where advanced knowledge and expertise was developed and honed.
Don’t get me wrong, the golden ratio was not a Renaissance invention. It was first noted by name around 300BC by Euclid in his mathematical treatise The Elements.
This ratio can be found across geometry, nature, all sciences, all smart and elegant constructions and has been incorporated by ingenious builders and Polymaths across human history to create and innovate novel and brilliant creations.
This universal Harmony, Truth and Beauty has found its way luckily into our antique reclaimed fireplaces.
We’ve noticed something very peculiar and strange however. Our clients seems to be drawn to stone fireplaces exhibiting such ratios like moths drawn to a light bulb.
The human eye brain and soul seems to have a basic intuition on what is appealing and what is not even at first glance, no training necessary!
Take a look and let me know what you think?
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