Architecture / Features & Decoration
Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)
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Decorative fireplace and overmantel; the overmantel features the Hardwick coat of arms framed by stag supporters with real antlers and a plasterwork coronet above, all of which are painted. The arms are set within a decorative scheme of strapwork and scrolling in relief. There are additional decorative plasterwork features including flowers and other plant forms, fruit, draping fabric and tassels, with some features painted black. The fireplace below is stone with carved decoration. It includes a pair of stone pilasters flanking the fire opening, carved with very ornate strapwork designs. A similarly carved area appears above the fire opening, with a stone frieze below the mantel shelf which features carved strapwork and a central rectangular form. There is a plain stone insert within the fire opening and a plain stone hearth.