Capital Sovereign Stone - Winchester
Features - Period mantel with a simple framework embellished with carved scroll corbels finished with scallop shell motifs. The shelf is deep with a simple ogee moulding.
Regency England was characterized by a widespread growth in wealth with a consequential broadening of the base of middle class patronage, the support of artists and artisans in society.
Many new areas in the major cities of London, Liverpool, Bristol, and Edinburgh were developed as genteel residential districts as were the rapid development of the seaside towns of Brighton, Eastbourne, Worthing and Bognor.
The revival of historic styles including Egyptian, Chinese, Turkish, Greek and the use of ornamental motifs were a characteristic of the age as illustrated in remarkable structures such as the Royal Pavilion in Brighton by John Nash.
In contrast with the 18th century styles, Regency fireplace surrounds became simpler both in outline and profile. Creamy white statuary or lightly veined grey marbles were preferred to the more richly decorated fireplaces of earlier periods.