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Simple vs. Classical Beauties. which fireplaces will you choose?


They say nothing lasts forever, but we all know that one can own a few items that may last for generations to come. No, we’re not talking about a girl’s best friend to quote Marline Monroe. Even though our stones can’t be worn on your wrists or fingers, they still can be a crowd pleaser none the less. Installing an antique limestone fireplace in your family room can be the one design element that everyone in your family agrees with and is comforted by especially when it starts raining or snowing outside.

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Pedigree (History and Provenance) of the fireplace aside, what design elements one should consider when selecting a fireplace that may last you a lifetime in some cases?

You always need to keep in mind that your fireplace selection will have to be a permanent fixture in your home and is supposed to live through any design change your room or home will be going through in the future. What would you rather go for? A well carved fireplace or a simply hand carved one? Let’s consider the positive aspects of both choices and see how they may pertain to your taste buds.

 

Fully carved stone mantles:

 

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When considering a fully hand carved limestone fireplace close your eyes and think of a complex and rich multi-layered ‘Taurasi’ wine blend from ‘Campania’ that’s been well aged in oak barrels.

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What nuances would your eyes savor? Can you envision tasting the Southern Italian Baroque acanthus leaves free flowing on this mantle corbeled sides or the rich and velvety pallet of the sprawling and spiraling vined foliage that can grace the front face of your unique fireplace?

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Can you imagine the glowing heat radiating from inside the stone built firebox of such a captivating mantle? The reflected shadow of the flame dancing on the medieval carved limestone coupled with the intoxicating sound on the flickering burning wood becoming one with the melody of slowly decanted bottle of Barolo from Piedmont…

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If you picture yourself in that frame, allow yourself to be captured by an antique well carved limestone fireplace that’s been salvaged from centuries old Renaissance or Baroque castles by Ancient Surfaces.

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A fully carved fireplace of that era will define the look of your entire room and anchor your whole house with an authentic design persona.

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Simple carved Fireplace:

 

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Simply carved fireplaces allow visual evenhandedness between styles, finish patina and shade of the room and the stone of the fireplace. In a simple fireplace the design focus shifts from the carving to the actual antique limestone itself as it becomes the predominant design feature of the mantel instead of its minimal carved elements.

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When it’s simple it goes with everything else right? Well yes that is true, but one has to be careful that going with everything doesn’t turn into a disappearing act where the mantle itself totally blends with its environment in the same way a window frame blends with the wall.

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Simple architectural fireplaces when realized symmetrically and when created and carved under the golden ratio and the golden mean will carry more of a creative punch than most of its other ornately carved counterparts. Minimalism when portrayed in well-defined and harmonic ratios, guarantees you a powerful visual output and a soothing organic feel that will satisfy your design vision for that space.

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With a simple yet elegant antique hand carved fireplace you’ll be looking more at the architecture, structure and patina of the fireplace and how its various component simply integrate together with your space.

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As a wise man once said: “the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.” William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347)

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Antique stone fireplace elements as seen in our architectural catalog


This Online catalog selection featuring some of our captivating antique limestone fireplaces were taken from our own printed fireplace catalog from 2011 to 2016.

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One of a kind antique limestone fireplace hundreds of years old reclaimed and restored by hand, shipped from Spain to a French castle in the Dordogne region close to the Limousine national forest.

5 A captivating antique Limestone Fireplace that features an over mantle or a ‘trumeaux’ as its called in French.

11   A lovely antique stone fireplace with an etched Cross motif on its midsection. This Cross is known as the Maltese Cross.

15   A finely carved crest of two lions flanking a Medici vase is the main characteristic of this antique 15th century fireplace.

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A beige limestone antique fireplace dating back to the 17th century. This lovely stone mantle was restored to its formed glory by the capable hands of our professional artisans who had to change and beef up its top shelf and extend its legs.

20This antique Italian beige limestone fireplace was supplied, restored and installed for this charming private Italian Villa. Over the years, the list of our clientele has grown into the thousands and reads like a Forbes 500 list.

21Both our clients and competitors admire the rarity and uniqueness of our one of a kind  Antique Fireplace Mantles that we salvage and carefully (and sometime painstakingly)  restore back to their original splendor without defacing the time honored patina that those pieces have acquired during their temporal journey since their hand carving centuries ago.

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We are trying to move with the times by making our entire Yard stocks becoming digitally available for online viewing.

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This massive undertaking required tens of thousands of man hours worth of documentation, data entry, archiving and classifications.

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We’ll be keeping everyone updated on this herculean undertaking as the months or even maybe years role by!

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To learn more about those fascinating and unique architectural gems as well as their hand carved exact replicas feel free to please contact us through our website at Ancient Surfaces.

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Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

Sales@AncientSurfaces.com

Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

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Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces.

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

To learn more about those fascinating and unique architectural gems as well as their hand carved exact replicas feel free to please contact us through our website at Ancient Surfaces.

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Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

Sales@AncientSurfaces.com

 Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

Sales@AncientSurfaces.com

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