This reproduction of a one-of-a-kind, highly decorative Napoleon style mantel, was originally carved circa 1800. It features ornaments borrowed from ancient Rome and Egypt, such as the spectacular female bust carved on both legs. This unique sculpture depicts a woman with a folded tunica around the waist and curly hair piled high around the face as it was typical in Ancient Rome. The bust sits upon a canted and stepped base that has a shape reminiscent of the knotted and plaited false beard worn by Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt.
By extracting the essence of the Scagliola technique, Thierry François created an original process by which all forms of hand-crafted limestone — including marbles — have the look of natural, hand-cut stone. This extraordinary stone inlay and “cross batch” technique is one-of-a-kind.
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All of our stonework designs can also be hand-carved to order from the finest hand-picked French limestone and Italian marble. Whether your project requires blocks cut-to-size, or hand-carved, we insist on strict pre-selection criteria for our slabs and blocks. Our mantles are also available hand-carved from the very best French limestone or Italian marble. These wonderful reproductions are mirror images of the original antiques.