Georgian mantel design was based on the classical orders and followed strict rules of proportion whilst employing a rich and varied range of decorative devices. The first half of the century saw Palladian architectural influence in the ascendancy but mantel design was revolutionised mid-century by Robert Adam, with a new and elegant repertoire based on a wide variety of classical sources.

Fireplaces acquired a lighter and less robust appearance displaying crisply executed low relief carving and the use on inlaid colored marble became popular, providing a striking contrast to the remainder of the mantel which was always worked from statuary marble.