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overmantel

An ornamental panel or structure above a mantelpiece. When Victorian architecture was popular, a mirror was often set in the overmantel to reflect light into the room from a candelabra placed on the mantelpiece.
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The dining room fireplace, with a living-flame gas fire, has a carved oak overmantel..
In its early days, its activities included cabinet and overmantel manufacturing, but over the years it began focusing on glass processing.
The decorative veneered overmantel frame in the bedroom was an incredible bargain at pounds 50 in an antique shop, but Stuart knows what he likes to spend his money on.
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It has two china sinks, a four oven Aga with overmantel, masses of storage, a central work island, polished granite surfaces and a proper pantry.
A huge overmantel mirror placed on the floor of a bedroom adds instant glamour and gives a decadent boudoir feel.
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Jagger's 'Scandal' overmantel and firebasket was published in October's APOLLO, says that chimneypieces are firmly in the categories of 'furniture, craft, decorative arts, sculpture--part of the history of the English country house.' In museological terms, he says, the recreation of the period room was an early20th-century fashion, for example--the Robert Adam dining room and chimneypiece from Lansdowne House, now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.
In the middle of the 19th century the arch or domed top overmantel mirror, made to go above imposing fireplaces, became popular, usually featuring plain, not bevelled glass, and often decorated with ball pendants and carved figures.
Special details of the interiors include the panelled dining room with its high ceiling and open fireplace in stone surround with heavy carved overmantel.