A magnificent and rare Arts & Crafts Period oak fireplace probably by Edgar Wood. The upper section having an overhanging solid oak cornice with egg and dart moulding and exposed tenons with finely carved and stylised corbels and incorporating a medieval oil painting depicting a hunting group outside a castle with inscription within a finely carved stylised border. The central section having a hinged door incorporating a clock (lacking the original mechanism but replaced by a quartz movement). The lower fireplace section having a patinated copper inset with stylised heart motifs, repeated in the accompanying curved copper fender. The whole fireplace is constructed using the finest quarter sawn oak and probably designed by Edgar Wood, This fireplace has recently been removed from a large Cheshire residence. English circa 1900
Condition: This fireplace is in stunning condition
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Edgar Wood (1860–1935) was an architect, artist and draftsman who practised from Manchester at the turn of the 20th century and gained a considerable reputation in the United Kingdom. He was regarded as a proponent of the Arts & Crafts movement which was prevalent between 1860 and 1910.
Wood's work is principally domestic, but he designed several churches and small commercial buildings. He worked as an individual designer, mostly with only one assistant, and confined himself to the smaller type of building that he could control personally. Although he was active in Manchester for over twenty years, most of his work is in nearby towns, such as Rochdale, Oldham and Middleton (of which he was native), and in outlying districts such as Bramhall and Hale