Directory of Chimneypieces

A definitive contemporary manual for anyone wishing to design an architecturally correct period chimneypiece. It continues the rich tradition of architectural pattern books established during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and exemplified by works such as “The Chimneypiece maker’s Daily Assistant” by John Crunden.

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— Directory of Chimneypieces —

The Directory of Chimneypieces contains architectural drawings or 'patterns' for some of the most elegant and popular chimneypiece designs of the 18th and 19th centuries. The 'anatomy' of each design is clearly labelled to enable the specifier to consult the appropriate section of The Directory and select the carved detail for each component and the material in which it is to be carved.  


Every carved component offered in The Directory has been copied from an original chimneypiece that has at some time been part of Chesney's stock. This technique guarantees total authenticity of detail, as the carver is not being asked to interpret an illustration but rather to exactly replicate the original form. Every carving is entirely hand-produced without the use of any copying machinery and polished and waxed to an antique finish.    

The Directory of Chimneypieces is a unique resource and is rapidly becoming the standard manual for anyone seeking to recreate an authentic and architecturally correct period chimneypiece that bears the hallmark of personal choice.

The Directory of Chimneypieces is available online here, or as a downloadable PDF (see link above to Request a Brochure) and as a traditional printed manual you can order by Post.


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