The chimneypiece with its bas relief of Roman fasces, emblematic of good government, and its Egyptian figured pilasters reflects the French antique fashion promoted by T.Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807; G. Smith's Designs for Household Furniture, 1808; and R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1809-19. The latter's 1812 edition included an Egyptian pillared desk; while fasces ornament featured in the 1818 edition. The fasceolated design also relates to a plate from C.H.Tatham's Etchings of Ornamental Architecture, 1799, entitled Antique Roman fasces from Basso Relevos at Rome in the Palace Massimi. Its grate, with ram-headed and Grecian-scroll pilasters, appropriately evokes an antique altar.
Similar ornament also features on an Edinburgh grate illustrated A.Bolton The Architecture of Robert and James Adam, London, 1922 p.212.