• Focal Point - The Nicholas Gif auction at Christies

    Sale 5975

    Focal Point - The Nicholas Gifford-Mead Collection of Chimneypieces & Ornament

    29 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 134

    AN IRISH KILKENNY FOSSIL MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE FRAME

    CIRCA 1730

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    AN IRISH KILKENNY FOSSIL MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE FRAME
    CIRCA 1730
    Of plain moulded form
    52 in. (132 cm.) high; 57½ in. (146 cm.) wide; 4 in. (10.5 cm.) deep; the opening 42¾ in. (108.5 cm.) x 39¼ in. (99.5 cm.)


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    The simple understated elegance of this beautiful Irish chimneypiece is accentuated and enhanced by the 'Kilkenny marble' panels. Extracted just outside Kilkenny in a place known as the 'Black Quarry', the material, although widely referred to as marble, is in fact a finely grained carboniferous limestone. As with the case in hand the material is often speckled with a multitude of fossils calcified in white limestone. The silky black sheen of the stone in stark contrast to the white fossils gives the material a luxurious quality, each strata revealing a glimpse of life in a prehistoric age, and given new life by Irish masons working in the Reign of the Prince Regent.

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