French – Louis

French fireplaces were typically made of marble and limestone from 1610 – 1792, during the reigns of the French Kings: Louis 13th, 14th, 15th & 16th. The style often had extremely intricate carvings of faces, roses and other unique design features such as serpentine mantelpieces (shelves), legs with flat corners that usually suited large square chimney openings. 

Often referred to as the French Provincial era, the other style you will typically notice when looking for French fireplaces is that some what square, with curved legs and large breast plates.This fireplaces where generally later in the Louis era and make excellent choices for modern homes do to their simple character and clean lines.