Antique Fireplace Surrounds

Sitting by the fireplace in your home is one place where you can have a warm feeling despite the deep coldness of the outdoors. Obviously the look and feel of the design and your home decor can have a profound affect on the atmosphere in the room, and the fireplace surround contributes greatly to this.

An antique fireplace surround can be in marble, cast-iron, lime stones or any thing that is hard and tough enough to endure the hotness due to the fire. Surrounds are influenced by the designs of the fireplace itself and, because of its usefulness, antique fireplaces can be considered a very expensive treasure now in our generation. Fireplaces were used by all the kings, queens, dukes and rich people back then. It goes back to the 1700s when Abraham Darby used methods of melting where iron was exposed to supply a price capable way of producing heat. In the late 1700’s also, the new affluence was reflected in the design of larger and more extravagant homes and interiors. Striking andirons on a impressive scale became pleasing add-ons to the structural design of the 18th Century. Andirons through cabriole legs, ball and claw or furry paw feet of the Chippendale variety appear brilliant trends in the additional Decorative Arts such as cabinet and furnishings creation.

In Egypt, fireplace was also a precious tool for the pharaoh. In 1742, Benjamin Franklin also invented the Franklin stove which really contributes to the formation and development of fireplaces. By the late 1780, David Rittenhouse had redesigned the stove by adding an L-shaped chimney.  Nevertheless, it was throughout the Victorian age when fireplaces in progress to increase popularity. During the Victorian era, people saw in addition to the fabrication of heat, fireplaces added a touch of class. It somehow provided homes a comfortable and straight setting. Over the existence, surround styles changed, as so did the fireplaces, along with the machinery. Fireplaces evolved and became more elegant, providing sand casting techniques, thus providing a break for manufacturers to create even better designs.

Antique fireplaces are designed traditionally and reflect so many beliefs of the people who used it; examples of these are Georgian, Edwardian, and Art Nouveau periods. The traditional look of  an antique surround was achieved by combining all the designs and accessories which include antique andirons, fenders, surrounds, tools, copper pots & architectural elements in many styles from many periods. These accessories are also expensive in nature since it was proven high-quality.

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