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Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

NAPOLEON III STYLE

Under Napoleon III’s rule, Paris underwent a great rebuilding overseen by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, which created grand avenues and lavish landmarks like the Paris Opera. Antique Napoleon III–style furniture was flamboyant and eclectic. It was also known as Second Empire style since it followed and referenced the Empire style of his uncle Napoleon I.

Developing from 1852–70, Napoleon III furniture was plush and ornate, matching the fashion for masked balls and socializing in salons. It borrowed freely from earlier French styles including Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI as well as aesthetics from around the world, from antiquity to Asian art. As writer Gustave Claudin remarked in 1867, the country’s architects worked in “a style which one would be tempted to call neo-Greco-Gothico-Pompadour-Pompeian.”

Napoleon III chairs were completely covered with velvet and lined with tassels; pouf footstools invited people to put up their feet. Sofas were upholstered with tapestries, and beds were adorned with gilt bronze and theatrical canopies. The addition of conservatories to homes led to new indoor-outdoor furniture, while the spirit of hygiene promoted by Baron Haussmann inspired bright, floral motifs.

Although the most ostentatious designs were for the elite, as seen in the Napoleon III apartments preserved in the Louvre, where red velvet, gilding and chandeliers create a cacophony of luxury, these trends influenced homes across classes as manufacturing made design increasingly accessible. Papier-mâché furniture allowed for elaborate shapes that would have been difficult to carve in wood. The malleable material was painted with chinoiserie patterns and decorative designs. It was mass-produced by factories such as Jennens and Bettridge with varnishing and mother-of-pearl inlays creating an effect reminiscent of Asian lacquer. (Surfaces that had been “japanned” — a specialty of Jennens and Bettridge — were intended to resemble lacquer work that was created in East Asia.)

Find a collection of antique Napoleon III decorative objects, tables, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Napoleon III
Mahogany fireplace mantel and trumeau
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Napoleon III mahogany wood chimney piece and red marble fireplace mantel with full cast iron insert. Beautifully carved, the main feature of the mantel decoration are the bowed greyh...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Mahogany

Regence Style Fireplace in Breccia Nouvelle Marble
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
This large Regence style fireplace was made of Breccia Nouvelle marble in the late 19th century. Its entablature adorned with spandrels is underlined with an oblong moulding. It lay...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Breccia Marble, Marble

Antique Napoleon III fireplace with a woman's profile decoration in a medallion
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Antique Napoleon III style fireplace, made in the 19th century in a semi statuary marble. The entablature is adorned in its centre with a woman's profile in a pearl medallion This fi...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Marble, Carrara Marble

French Napoleon III Style 'Ship' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
20th century French Napoleon III style fireback with a ship. The fireback is in a good condition and does not have cracks. The fireback has a brown patina and can be made black / pew...
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20th Century French Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

French Napoleon III Fireback, Dated 1840
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French fireback with the goddess Diana. Goddess of hunting, also protector of animals of the forest, especially the young animals. She experienced great pleasure in hunt...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Portoro marble fireplace from the 19th Century in Style of Napoleon III
Located in Made, NL
Beautiful antique fireplace of Portoro marble from Italy. A very exclusive and special type of marble that has been extracted from Italian quarries since the 16th century. The marble...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Marble

Antique Shell Circulation Fireplace in Black Noir De Mazy Marble
Located in Oostvoorne, NL
A luxurious black marble antique fireplace in black gold Noir de Mazy marble. This circular fireplace has a luxurious look because the consoles are at an angle. In addition to the we...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Belgian Black Marble

19th Century French Fireback with an Unknown Theme
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th Century Napoleon III fireback with a christian orb and stars. The fireback has a black / pewter patina and is in a good condition.
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Antique French Napoleon III 'Man' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th Century French Napoleon III period fireback. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter at no extra cost. The condit...
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19th Century German Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

French Napoleon III Style 'Return from the Hunt' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
20th century French Napoleon III style fireback with a scene of a hunt returning. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pew...
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20th Century French Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

French Napoleon III 'Horse' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th Century French Napoleon III period fireback with a horse. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. The condition is good, no cracks.   ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

French Napoleon III Style 'Cupid' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
French Napoleon III style fireback with a cupid. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. The fireback is in a good condition and does not have cracks. ...
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20th Century French Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Antique French 'Allegory of Love' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III fireback with an allegory of love. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. It i...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

19th Century French Napoleon III Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th Century Napoleon III period fireback. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter at no extra cost. It is in a g...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Napoleon III Marble Fireplace with Caryatids, Unique Creation, 1880
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
This beautiful and original fireplace was made in the second half of the 19th century in Carrara marble. Originally put in an appartement in Tarare, near Lyon in France, it is very ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Marble, Carrara Marble

Antique French Napoleon III 'Cupid' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III fireback with a cupid. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. The condition is...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Antique French Napoleon III 'Hunter' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III fireback with a hunter. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. It is in a good...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Belgian Black Marble Mantel, 19th Century
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
This beautiful antique Napoleon III style mantel was made in Belgium in the second half of the 19th century. It is a rare and strong piece because of its carved decoration in a very ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Marble, Belgian Black Marble

Monumental Fireplace Signed by Jules Allard and Louis Ardisson
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Located in the hall of a ballroom, this exceptional fireplace welcomed the 80 guests of Edward Julius Berwind's luxurious New York home in the Louis XV style. It attests to the true ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Marble, Breccia Marble, Carrara Marble

19th Century French 'Marie Leszczyńska' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III period fireback with Marie Leszczynska, queen of France and wife of king Louis XV. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Antique French Napoleon III Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III period fireback. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. The fireback is in a good condition and does not have cracks. ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

19th Century French 'Marie Leszczyńska' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III period fireback with Marie Leszczynska, queen of France and wife of king Louis XV. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Antique French Napoleon III Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th Century French Napoleon III period fireback. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. The fireback is in ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Antique German 'Judgement of Solomon' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th Century German Napoleon III period fireback with a Judgement of Solomon. A Solomon Judgment is in most cases a judgment in which none of the opposing parties have an advantage i...
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19th Century German Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

French Napoleon III 'Napoleon' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III period fireback with Napoleon Bonaparte. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. The fireback is in a good condition and ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Black Marble Antique Circular Fireplace Noir de Mazy
Located in Oostvoorne, NL
A beautiful black marble antique fireplace in black gold Noir de Mazy marble. This full bypass fireplace is supplied with return pieces so that it can be placed back around a mantelp...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Belgian Black Marble

Antique 1800s Empire Style Brass & Bronze Coal Kettle / Bucket w. Original Liner
Located in Lisse, NL
Good size, unique design and top quality workmanship coal bucket. If you are looking for a small coal or firewood bucket to grace your living space then this fine antique specimen...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Brass, Bronze

French Napoleon III 'Rural Scene' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III period fireback with a rural scene. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. Th...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Dutch Napoleon III 'Neptune' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century Dutch Napoleon III period fireback with Neptune. God of water and the sea, as well as god of horses and horse-racing. As god of the sea, he is sometimes an enormous, blu...
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19th Century Dutch Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

19th Century French 'Piper Dancing with Dog' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III fireback with a piper dancing with a dog. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewte...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Beautifully Restored Antique Black Circular Fireplace
Located in Oostvoorne, NL
Beautifully Restored Antique Black circular fireplace. With its clean lines and deep shine, this fireplace is a top piece. The clean lines of the consoles are provided by the milling...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Belgian Black Marble

Set of Two Beautiful Marble Antique Circular Fireplaces
Located in Oostvoorne, NL
A beautiful set of identical black marble antique fireplaces. This beautiful set of antique fireplaces has its origin in a stately Hague mansion. The fireplace has been completely re...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Belgian Black Marble

French Napoleon III 'Apollo with Lyre' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th Century French Napoleon III period fireback with Apollo with his lyre. God of light, sun, truth, prophecy, music and joy. Also the saving God, both in emergency caused by an epi...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

French Napoleon III Style 'Boy with Dog' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
20th century French Napoleon III fireback with a boy and his dog. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. The...
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20th Century French Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

19th Century French Napoleon III 'Justice' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III fireback with the Goddess Justice. The personification of justice balancing the scales of truth and fairness dates back to the Goddess Maat, and late...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

19th Century French Napoleon III 'Zeus and Leda' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French fireback with Zeus and Leda. Zeus transformed himself into a swan to seduce the beautiful Leda. Napoleon III period. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a b...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

French Napoleon III Style Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
20th century French Napoleon III fireback. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. The fireback is in a good condition and does not have cracks. ...
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20th Century French Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Napoleon III Fireplace In Carrara Marble
Located in Honnelles, WHT
Carrara marble fireplace, circa 1880 fireplace dimensions 77 x 110 cm
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Marble

French Napoleon III 'Rural Scene' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th-20th century French Napoleon III period fireback. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. The fireback i...
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Early 20th Century French Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

French Napoleon III 'Bacchus' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th Century French Napoleon III fireback with the Roman god Bacchus. God of agriculture, wine and fertility. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. The c...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Antique French Napoleon III Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III period fireback. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Antique French Napoleon III Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III period fireback. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. The fireback is in a ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

French Napoleon III Style 'Return from the Hunt' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
20th century French Napoleon III style fireback with a scene of a hunt returning. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. The fireback is in a good cond...
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20th Century French Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Antique French Napoleon III 'Woman' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French fireback. The style of the fireback is Napoleon III and it is from that period. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Ferdinand Barbedienne, A Pair of French Ormolu and Champleve Enamel Andirons
Located in New York, NY
Ferdinand Barbedienne, A Pair of French Ormolu and Champleve Enamel Andirons, Chenets, circa 1870. A rare and unusual pair of bronze and multi-colored champleve enameled andirons / ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

Antique French Napoleon III Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French fireback. The style of the fireback is Napoleon III and it is from that period. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. The conditio...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Antique French Napoleon III 'Arms of France' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III fireback with the Arms of France. Coat of arms of the House of Bourbon, an originally French royal house that became a major dynasty in Europe. It de...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Beautiful Neoclassical Noir De Mazy Black Marble Antique Front Fireplace
Located in Oostvoorne, NL
Beautiful Neoclassical Noir De Mazy black marble antique front fireplace. This very stately and specially designed fireplace is completely made of the very luxurious marble type Noi...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Belgian Black Marble

Beautiful Neoclassical Noir De Mazy Black Marble Antique Front Fireplace
Located in Oostvoorne, NL
Beautiful Neoclassical Noir De mazy black marble antique front fireplace. This very stately and specially designed fireplace is completely made of the very luxurious marble type Noi...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Belgian Black Marble

19th Century German Napoleon III 'Flower Basket' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th Century German Napoleon II period fireback with a flower basket. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. The fireback is in a good condition, no cr...
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19th Century German Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

19th Century German Napoleon III 'Coat of Arms' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century German Napoleon II fireback with an unknown coat of arms. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. It is in a good condition and does not h...
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19th Century German Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

German Napoleon III Style 'Coat of Arms' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
20th century German Napoleon III style fireback with a coat of arms. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. The condition is good. It does not have cra...
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20th Century German Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

19th Century French Napoleon III Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III period fireback. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. The fireback is in...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

German Napoleon III Style 'Coat of Arms' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
20th century German Napoleon III style fireback with a coat of arms. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a black / pewter patina. The condition is good. It does not have cra...
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20th Century German Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

19th Century French 'Bocca della Verità' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III fireback with the Bocca della Verità or Mouth of Truth. It is a sculpture representing the God of Sea outside a church in Rome. The mouth is said to ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Prussian Fireplace in Sarreguemines Earthenware, France End of the 19th Century
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful Prussian fireplace in Sarreguemines enameled earthenware, with enamelled decoration of flowers, arabesques and lion's muzzle. With a hearth base made of cast iron. The w...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Brass, Iron

Antique French 'Cupid' Fireback, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III fireback with a cupid and a goat. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black or pewter. The ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

Napoleon III Fireback Depicting Young Bacchus, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
Bacchus is the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine.
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19th Century Dutch Antique Napoleon III Fireplaces and Mantels

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Iron

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