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The Fireplace: A magnet for the eyes!!

Chers amis de L’Ecole du Bon Goût 


Walking into any room for the first or the thousandth time, the eye is naturally drawn immediately to look at the fireplace.  It is like meeting a person: you look directly at their face to start with, no matter if it is the first meeting or not. 

  Therefore the fireplace has a lasting impact on the decor and experience of any room which is usually greater than any single piece of furniture or art work in the room. 

 In my opinion each room of any consequence demands a fireplace even if it is installed without the possibility of using it for a wood burning fire.   

 In the recent July shipment there were some great fireplace mantles in both marble and wood.  

See below photos of mantles in finished installations, as well as those that recently sold, along with a selection of some of the mantles currently available.

  Plan a visit in person or visit the website at to see fireplace mantles as well as an across the board sampling of the antiques available! 

 Merci Cordialement,

 Robert E. Smith

Au Vieux Paris Antiques
1040 Henri Penne Rd. 
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517 

Classic Régence  mantle seen in the “new” decorative arts rooms of the Musee Louvre.   

Louis XIV mantle in “Rouge de Rance” marble with faux marble and antique mirror trumeau above.

Classic Provencal Louis XV mantle in walnut. (for sale)

Louis XV mantle from Avignon in “King of Prussia” marble. 
(For sale)

Directiore mantle in “Blue Turquin” marble with rare detached columns. (for sale)

Classic Louis XVI mantle in “Blue Turquin” marble.
(for sale)
Louis XIV style mantle of “Rouge de Rance” marble of a particularly nice color and veining. (for sale)

Charles X mantle in Vert Campan marble (Sold)

Régence mantle in “Gres de St. Anne” marble with particularly nice veining. (Sold)

Louis XIV style mantle with extreme veining and “boudin moldings” in Arabescato marble. (sold) 

Régence mantle in “Rouge de Rance” marble surrounded by reused Régence boiserie and Parquet de Versailles flooring. All sourced from Au Vieux Paris Antiques. 

One thought on “The Fireplace: A magnet for the eyes!!

  1. Always enjoy seeing your magnificent photos. Yes, fireplace. I had two of yours in Ct.
    They really make the room. And this blog is great. Keep it coming.

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