We are one of London’s elite antique fireplace specialists, offering an exceptional choice of original English, Italian and French stone and marble chimneypieces, fireplace surrounds, mirrors and chandeliers.
Renaissance has a showroom in the City where you can view our extensive stock, and discuss your project with experienced staff.
In addition we offer an authentication service, due to the numerous copies and forgeries, many manufactured in the Far East. Also, we undertake confidential consultancy work for private and corporate clients, providing our opinion as to the age, date of specific chimneypieces, and on restoration carried out.
We also provide insurance valuations, record images, and advise on suitable replacements for listed buildings.
Our cleaning process predominantly uses non abrasive cleaning agents to dissolve and remove discoloured waxes and grime. However, where elements have suffered mechanical damage or the breakdown of the surface marble and consolidation is required, the restoration process is predominantly effected by hand using abrasives similar to those used for creating the chimney-piece originally.
Great care is taken to ensure that as much of the original integrity or history of the chimney-piece is retained, and thus wear and tear resulting from the use of fenders/fire tools etc is retained together with those minor abrasions and chips.
More substantial repairs are effected in the Georgian manner by the means of cutting in square blocks of matching marble and working these down to match the existing mouldings. More substantial structural repairs require the sourcing of matching marble and reconstructing elements to match. Sourcing such marble can be problematical in that many of the coloured marbles used to create Georgian chimney-pieces are now scarce, but we have extensive stocks of our own and are usually confident of locating supplies of even the rarest marbles from antiquity.
Where chimney-pieces require sections of marble recarved, this is effected by our sculptor working in conjunction with surviving elements using plaster moulds, profiles and scale drawings.
Although we don’t deal exclusively in fireplaces - we stock a wide selection of chandeliers, stone and ironware - fireplaces are without doubt our absolute passion. We can also supply and install fine quality wood flooring that sits perfectly with our range of antique fireplaces.
At any one time you’ll be able to view a selection of hundreds of antique English, French, Italian and Irish fireplaces in our studio and workshop as well as a number of unique pieces sourced and salvaged by Renaissance from around Europe. We never use inferior pieces from China.
We use materials such as Statuary White Marble, Carrara Stone, Bath, Portland, Caen or Limestone to your individual specification and we would be happy to advise you on any aspect of fireplace design, fireplace restoration or undertake an onsite assessment.
Over the last 20 years, Renaissance London has established itself arguably as one of the finest specialist suppliers of antique fireplaces in the U.K. Please feel free to browse all our stock of antique fireplaces, architectural pieces and fine quality wood flooring. You can also visit our media section to see what the Media say about us.
Antique fireplaces have always been the essence of the English period interior. The popularity of antique fireplaces may have been due to our famously unpredictable weather, but that does not mean they are all English. Indeed, continental antique fireplaces are among the most popular, with the fabulous Baroque and Rococo products of France and Italy among the most sought-after.
Antique fire surrounds
Antique fire surrounds make an excellent focal point for the interior designer. Many period homes lost their interiors completely during the centrally-heated second half of the twentieth century, when so many antique fire surrounds were removed from their original homes. Carefully chosen antique fire surrounds will provide that creative spark to bring character back into a ruthlessly modernized interior.
Antique mantels are the elegant suits our forebears chose to clothe their otherwise utilitarian fireplaces in. The term “mantel” is a variation of the word “mantle”, meaning cloak or coat, and it is true that the best antique mantels lend style to a room just as a well-cut suit adds style to a man.
ChimneypiecesChimneypieces are the heart of the home. Well-used chimneypieces become part of the family. Early in the evening as its flames are first kindled its flames leap high and it blazes brightly, accompanying the chatter and conviviality of a pleasant evening in. As the evening strolls on the jumping flames become lazier, receding into a radiant glow, while the entire chimneypiece becomes hot to the touch. As the last person creeps up the stairs to bed, the final embers glimmer in the hearth and the warmth of the chimneypiece is spread around the whole house.
Antique MantelpiecesAntique mantelpieces are somewhere for showing. Clocks, photographs, ornaments, how many people display their most precious memories on an antique mantelpiece? Everyone who has one!
Antique mantelpieces are somewhere for warming. There are very few experiences on a cold day like leaning on a tall antique mantelpiece whilst the fire beneath fiercely roars. The English equivalent of the sauna, being roasted on one side whilst freezing on the other, antique mantelpieces on full song can provide the perfect antidote to being too cold: being too hot!
Antique mantelpieces are somewhere for inspiring. We’ve all read in front of the fire, occasionally glancing up to revolve our thoughts in the changing shapes and shadows of the flames. The depression of dark Winter nights is transfigured into nostalgic reflections by the glowing optimism of the open fire.
Reclaimed fireplaces & Original fireplacesWe specialise in the supply of reclaimed fireplaces. Why settle for new fireplaces when you can get reclaimed fireplaces? Bring character and history into your home with reclaimed fireplaces, these original fireplaces can reinvigorate almost any room, while also providing light and warmth. Reclaimed fireplaces are restored by us to the highest standard, with an unprecedented level of care taken over every part of the restoration of these original fireplaces. We work in conjunction with English Heritage and specialise in Grade I and II listed buildings. We are also a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen.
A hand carved marble fireplace from Italy, in statutory white marble and Carrera marble, will bring elegance and beauty to your home. Renaissance London have decorative marble fireplaces from 16th Century, Victorian, and Queen Anne to contemporary designs.
A new handcarved stone fireplace adds warmth to any room. Renaissance London offers a range of beautiful stone fireplaces and stone mantles. Every piece of stone is unique in pattern and texture, qualities that can only be found in natural materials.
Renaissance London is one of UK’s foremost restorers and experts in antique fireplaces, specialising in: English marble fireplaces; French and Italian stone fireplaces; Victorian fireplaces and modern architectural fire places.
A beautiful fireplace mantel is the centre piece to any room. The mantel creates a unique statement and defines the interior decor. The choice of material ranges from contemporary limestone, fine woods, and cast iron to the most lavish Carrara marble.
Renaissance London is a UK based supplier of Victorian fireplaces, Georgian fireplaces and antique cast iron fireplaces. Victorian fireplaces include cast iron, period, modern, stone and marble designs.