Monday, October 3, 2011


by Shirley Bircher

Located in the Bartlett Yancy House, this mantel is one of the variations of Thomas Day's mantel pieces.  He had a wide variety of mantels that were used and this one incorporates the waves at the top, which I think is one of the most interesting things he did with wood.

Another mantel piece which was much more refined, but used in more houses.  This was one of his distinctive parlor mantels.  His style was typically Greek Revival but sometimes it was Federal Style.  He also incorporated the serpentine frieze and Ionic capped pilisters in many of them.

This mantel piece shows more of the detail in the wood and shows how his built in furniture was also extremely important is his furniture designs- including stairs, entrances, parlor rooms, and mantel pieces.

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