Circa 1800, rare large sized pine and carved gesso mantelpiece made in Edinburgh. The narrow flat top has a slight break front section at each end. There are various mouldings on top with different styles of gesso. Below this in the centre there is a raised panel which is the piece-de-résistance. It has a profusely carved gesso section with swags and tails, ribbons and vines hanging from it. In the centre there is a small nest with 3 birds, and an English rose and Scottish thistles. Above this there are 2 birds in flight with grapes in their mouth. On each side of this again there are 2 further sections with carved swags and tails with vines and grapes, and in the centre above this there is another basket of flowers and grapes. The thistles and roses repeat again at the top of the pilasters both left and right, above carved acanthus leaves which continue around the sides. Down the front there are carved gesso vines with leaves and grapes continuing down. At the base there is a block and a raised section. The whole fireplace has wonderful colour and excellent patination and has superb gesso work.
Size 152cm high x 196cm wide x 18cm deep. Internal size 119cm high x 149cm wide.