The Six Fireplaces of ‘Jolimont’


Fireplace 5:

 

Fireplace 5 and 6 were the main upstairs fireplaces. They were in an original suite of “His” and “Hers” adjoining bedrooms in “Jolimont”.

“Her” bedroom overlooked the ocean, and had an adjoining dressing room, as well as the only original built-in closet in the house. The other bedrooms were supplied with large cedar wardrobes, complete with drawers and cupboards.

The mantel would have had a clear cedar finish when built. All of the three bedroom fireplaces had the same cast iron insert and rural scene on the “summer” front of the bullock cart in the wheat field.

The wallpaper surrounding the fireplace is William Morris’ “St. James’s Damask” wallpaper, which he designed in 1881. It is available in three colourways, including this one in cream on tan-gold, from www.CharlesRupertDesigns.com.

What is different about the fireplaces in the Master suite is the tiles. “Her” room was completed with the romantic set of picture tiles depicting ‘Mort d’Arthur’. This set of picture tiles, like the tiles in the fireplace of the Library, was also designed by Moyer Smith for Minton’s China Works around 1875.

The tile set of 12 (two are duplicated for the 14 tiles required for this fireplace) is based on Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s epic poems ‘The Idylls of the King’. Queen Victoria made Lord Tennyson Poet Laureate in 1850, and he served for 42 years in that position. His general popularity also made the designs for this set of tiles very popular.

A corner of the fireplace with four of the tiles of the set.

A corner of the fireplace with four of the tiles of the set.

The tile depicting the death of Arthur, at night under the moon and a starry sky, in a dragon-headed boat attended by three damsels.

The tile depicting the death of Arthur, at night under the moon and a starry sky, in a dragon-headed boat attended by three damsels.

The hearth is made of hexagonal field tiles, surrounded by a border of 3” x 6” tiles with another Anglo-japanese design of apple blossoms in brown on cream, with matching 3” x 3” corner tiles, all by Minton’s.

The hearth is made of hexagonal field tiles, surrounded by a border of 3” x 6” tiles with another Anglo-japanese design of apple blossoms in brown on cream, with matching 3” x 3” corner tiles, all by Minton’s.


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