For over a quarter of a century Chesney’s has been one of the world’s leading dealers in antique fireplaces, restoring chimneypieces and grates at its workshops in central London.
The Chesney’s Contemporary Mantel Collection combines simple modern design with clear architectural form in a series of designs that ensure that the Mantel remains the focus of the room.
Chesney’s have a long history of collaboration with leading designers from the fields of fashion, furniture and interior design. These collections have formed an important addition to the rich tradition of domestic fireplace design.
A new freedom in the use of architectural form and ornamentation emerged in the Victorian age which is reflected in the mantel designs of the period.
It is the pleasing combination of scale and simplicity that makes the Regency mantel an ideal choice for modern and period rooms, with its restrained ornamentation and simple construction.
Georgian Mantel design was based on the classical orders and followed strict rules of proportion whilst employing a rich and varied range of decorative devices.
The French Mantel is characterised by its proportions – lower and deeper than those of an English mantel, and by its decoration – particularly when displaying the exuberant Rococo style.
An “en trumeau” French mantel will enhance the architecture of any large room. The term en trumeau describes a decorative panel, mirror or the continued section of a fireplace sitting above the mantel shelf.
Stone has been the most favoured materials for architecture from the earliest times. Its warm colour and rugged texture make it ideal for fireplaces of every period.
A collection of exact replicas of designs for mantels selected from the archives of the world famous Sir John Soane’s Museum and reproduced by Chesneys under exclusive licence from the museum.
These mantels by Sir Edwin Lutyens have been carefully chosen to show his unique ability to translate the traditional architectural vocabulary into new forms that successfully combine classicism and modernity.
The term “architectural” is used to describe a fireplace which is well proportioned and which has clearly defined strong lines.
Over the past 30 years Chesney’s has acquired a worldwide reputation as the premier resource for the finest antique chimneypieces and for its unrivalled collection of historically authentic facsimile chimneypieces.
Restoring an 18th century chimneypiece...
In this collection of limited edition chimneypieces, we showcase the finest of these vibrantly figured marbles. Please inquire for more details on these one-of-a-kind pieces.
Under an exclusive licensing agreement with Sir John Soane's Museum, Chesney's can reproduce to order a facsimile of any chimneypiece contained within the museum's archive.
Over the past 25 years Chesney's has bought and sold some of the very finest and most important chimneypieces to come on the market.
A definitive contemporary manual for anyone wishing to design an architecturally correct period chimneypiece. It continues the rich tradition of architectural pattern books established during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and exemplified by...
The register grate had its origins in the early 19th century when the idea of closing down a fireplace with a radiant steel or cast iron interior to improve its efficiency first emerged.
Chesney's has created a beautiful collection of fire baskets and andirons in designs that will complement any fireplace. The extensive collection of fire baskets available can be adapted to house a gas effect fire.
Using technology developed by Glen Dimplex, selected fire baskets from the Chesney's range are now available with the Opti-myst® log effect electric fire.
Chesney's cater for every aspect of fireplace design. A variety of interior panels are available for the lining of fire chambers including faux brick interiors, French contre coeur panels and traditional reeded panels.
A fire screen is an essential safety feature where a real fire or stove is in use. In creating a range of fire screens, Chesney's has recognised this need for safety and practicality but combined it with a variety of distinctive and attractive designs....
A set of fire tools used to tend an open fire or stove need to be especially well made to withstand regular use and extremely high temperatures. The Chesney's collection addresses this requirement with a range of designs that is robust and practical....
A practical consideration in tending a fire or stove is where to store the fuel. Chesney's range of log holders addresses this requirement with a series of practical and attractive designs ranging from traditional to contemporary.
a new series of photographs by American photographer, Kate Cordsen
Your personal fireplace design assistant. Quick and simple to use - Select, build and be inspired.
The Financial Times has written a feature about 18th century chimneypieces...
The Financial Times - How To Spend It features an online interview wth...
The gold list edition of Luxe Interiors + Design magazine features the...
A feature on Chesney's Antiques...
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