An important early 18th century statuary marble fireplace designed by William Kent having a break front moulded shelf with rope carving above a finely carved frieze with egg and dart moulding above doric scrolls and shell decoration centered by a tablet with a female mask supported on volute jambs with fine acanthus leaf carving terminating in moulded socle bases.
A chimney piece of almost identical design also by William Kent still remains at Kensington Palace in the 'King's Gallery'.
Literature: Margaret Jourdain, The Work of William Kent, London 1948, p. 122, fig. 53.
Kirkdale Manor, Nawton, North Yorkshire.
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