Gemmill all tiled fireplace
This fireplace was probably first made in the 1930s and continued in production, with a break during World War II, until the late 1960s. This is a long run for a particular fireplace design.
The fireplace design was one of the most enduringly popular of the mid 20th century. Almost every tiled fireplace maker would be producing a version of this arched fireplace.
The dropped shoulder feature is very typical of 1950s fireplaces. Our version features a central shelf with bowed back. Recently we have been making them with a more protruding shelf.
The arched and straight faïence "stepped" opening blocks are hand made by the "slip cast" method and are hand glazed. The hand glazing gives the tiles subtle variations of shade.
These blocks will tend to craze quite quickly giving a distinctive period feel to the fireplace.
The hearth shown has a 4inch raised kerb.