My house was built in 1905, and I'm fortunate to still have three of the original four fireplaces. I've always loved them but I'm now looking at them in a different light, my own little bits of Art Nouveau.
This one's in my dining room and has the original tiles too. Sadly it's missing the bar thing at the front of the grate. When I moved in it was painted in cream gloss paint and I was so excited when, several tins of nitromors later, its original glory was revealed!
This one's in my bedroom, and has a repeated, quite simple, stylised flower pattern on.
But this one is my favourite, even though it too is missing the bar thing. It's really ornate, even the back of the hearth has the same pattern on.
I think I really must investigate getting the first two repaired, but I must find out what the "bar thing" is really called first - google here I come.
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