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19th Century Welsh Slate Chimneypiece
In the 18th and 19th century slate was considered a poor man's material and many chimneypieces were faux painted to look like more expensive wood graining or marble, others were left black. From the 1950s-80s these hand painted chimneypieces were out of vogue and a many coats of gloss were painted over the original. We are very fortunate that this one was never touched or overpainted and still retains its marvelous original marbleized finish. With its double columns, beveled edged mantle and the quality of the simple carving makes this a good choice for a traditional or contemporary designed home.