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Dyffryn House and Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
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Fire surround / chimneypiece. An ornately carved, white marble fire surround. Carved with nude women and chreubs amongst grape vines and roses.
John Cory purchased the Duffryn Estate in 1891 and began remodelling the original house. Some of the grander fireplaces predate 1891, being purchased from other houses, but would have been installed during this building phase along with ones custom made for the house. The wealth of the Cory family came from their coal mining and shipping businesses and the grandeur of the fireplaces would have boasted the origins of their wealth to guests.