The unique neo-classical design uses three different marbles to create a look which is very aesthetically pleasing. Statuary Carrara, Sienna and Verde Antico marbles of the finest quality have been skillfully worked employing sculptural, inlay and overlay techniques. A drawing which relates to this mantel is signed George Darley, dated 1780 and has a price of £75 written in pencil. An almost identical mantel can be found in Belgard Castle, Dublin and another in No 4 Merrion Square, Dublin.
The Darley’s were an important family of stone cutters, sculptors, builders and architects who were active in Ireland and had several premises in Dublin. They produced many of Ireland’s finest Georgian mantelpieces. The Royal Irish Academy holds a collection of mantelpiece drawings created by George and Hill Darley during the course of their work in Dublin between 1757 – 1813. These drawings are considered to be one of the most extensive collections of original late eightenth Century designs for mantelpieces in Britain or Ireland.
Internal opening - 51 x 49.5 in high (1295 x 1260 mm)