Code 315-15 Period Louis XV Mantel in "Pierre de Jaumont"
This magnificent stone mantel, from the Louis XV period, comes from a home in Montiers-sur-Saulx in Meuse, France. It has been made from a limestone from the Jaumont quarry in Moselle in Northeastern France. Freestone production from these quarries has been used for building and restoration around the world since the Middle Ages, especially in the Metz area. The Metz Cathedral was constructed with Jaumont stone. Jaumont means golden yellow or commonly called yellow ochre. The iron oxide present in this mine gives it the color that is so desirable. Locals from the area referred to it as "sunny stone" because of the warm color it gave during cold and gray French winters.
The mantel has a conforming top over its frieze. There is a stylized central shell within a large C-scroll with vines to either side. At each corner, there is a gadrooned C-scroll acanthus leaf surrounding a smaller C-scroll. A small flower with tiny leaves extends from the leaf. The frieze’s lower moldings are large, s-scrolls, ending in beautiful leaf buds.
This mantel has a beautiful shape and color, and is in very good condition.
Dimensions of opening: H 34, W 46 3/8.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition; minor chips commensurate with age of 1700's.
H=44 1/8, L=58 5/8, D=24