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.
Following the relative simplicity of the Regency period, Victorian mantel design was characterised by an eclectic and unrestrained approach, incorporating elements of both classicism and naturalistic detail.
The proportions of the mantel reflected the architecture of the period as it became lower in height than its predecessors to suit the modest ceiling heights found in many 19th century buildings.
Victorian mantels generally had mantel shelves of generous depth to accommodate the decorative imperative of the period to display as much ornament as possible.
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