French Fireplace

Antique French Fireplaces are dominant centerpieces in any room. They have been at the forefront of each periods’ decorative style. From the simplest of cottage fireplaces to a succession of French monarchs’ architectural styles. They are essential to the traditional composition of each room in a period building.

Nowadays only a minority would still be in use for heating with an open log-burning fire. They are frequently adapted to modern lifestyles for example by converting to gas or housing a wood-burning stove. Or supplanted by central heating and climate control and they are therefore lit only on special occasions.

Flues are simple enough to block by competent professionals with an opening and closing trap to conserve heat within the room when the fireplace is not in use. That is one way to conserve energy whilst retaining a traditional fireplace.

From simple to ornate, all BCA’s antique French chimneypieces, like our stone fireplace mantels, have authenticity and French history in common. Most were made locally by village or town stone carvers, often close to the quarry itself. Made from marble, limestone, granite or even wood, BCA’s Antique Materials’ French fireplaces have unique characteristics and determine a time in the history of France.

Unlike so many “antique” dealers we do not offer newly-made reproduction fireplaces at all, and the descriptions of each Truly Reclaimed fireplace reference concern the one-off genuine antique fireplace on the stock website.

Being antiques they have the requirement for an « export passport » from France’s Ministère de la Culture, which we apply for as soon as they come into stock. This saves time and bureaucracy in the case of rapid export sales. However as soon as the new owner’s name and address is known (if the export is to be out of the European Community) we apply for the fireplace’s “passport” to be validated by the Ministère de la Culture.

The chosen antique fireplace will be in stock on display at one of our 3 showrooms. They are in Normandy (Méry Corbon and Pont l’Évêque), and in the Maine & Loire at l’Hôtellerie-de-Flée.

Clients are welcome to come and view these antique French fireplaces, and also our marble fireplace mantels. Get in touch with David by phone or email and we’ll be pleased to show you around.

Fireplace mantel

We believe that every home deserves a decorative fireplace mantel that tells a story. Explore our collection of antique fireplace mantels. Discover how you can add a touch of history and elegance to your home today. We’re here to guide you in your search for the perfect treasure that will transform your space into a warm and inviting haven.

An open hearth fireplace mantel allows for the installation of a stove, restoring its heating functionality. Although not marketed or installed by BCA, various stove types are available, including wood-burning stoves, pellet stoves, and more. To ensure their safe functioning clients should have them professionally installed.

Whether you prefer a large or small fireplace, our antique fireplace mantels offer a wide selection of different styles.

The sourcing of French fireplaces ensures high quality. Skilled artisans of the past crafted our antique fireplaces. Our collection stands out in the realm of traditional fireplaces because of intricate details and timeless designs.

It is preferable to adorn an old fireplace with accessories. We recommend a cast iron fireplace or antique fire dogs.

Rustic fireplace

Are you dreaming of adding a warm and authentic historic touch to your home? Rustic fireplaces are the solution. They are perfect for bringing a rustic but elegant ambiance to your interior.

Our rustic fireplaces are in excellent but original condition to preserve their unique character. When considering incorporating an antique fireplace into your home, it’s essential to choose a piece that harmonizes with your existing space, and have it professionally installed.

If you are in search of a rustic fireplace, you’re in the right place. Our commitment to quality and authenticity is reflected in our references.

Why choose a rustic fireplace? Besides their striking visual appeal, these pieces offer exceptional durability and craftsmanship that stands the test of time. The robust materials used in the construction of rustic fireplaces speak to their artisanal heritage, adding intrinsic value to each acquisition.

Explore our range of rustic fireplaces. You’ll find the perfect gem that complements your interior design seamlessly.

Traditional fireplace

A traditional fireplace is timeless, a symbol of classic elegance that brings charm to any living space. If you’re looking for the perfect traditional fireplace to enhance your home, look no further. We offer a selection of antique fireplaces that are Truly Reclaimed, not newly made reproductions.

At BCA, we are passionate about the history and timeless charm of traditional fireplaces. We are committed to providing you with an exceptional selection.

Each piece tells a story, adding a unique dimension to your space. Are you in search of a traditional fireplace, whether it be a stone fireplace or a rustic fireplace? Our diverse collection of classic fireplaces caters to all tastes and interior decoration styles, from historic to eclectic.

Our team of experts is here to guide you throughout the process. They offer personalized advice to find the perfect wall-mounted fireplace. One that not only adds warmth but also brings refined aesthetics to your interior.

By investing in a traditional fireplace, you’re also investing in a story. These pieces have been the heart of homes for generations, providing comfort to those gathered around them. Today, you have the opportunity to integrate this traditional charm into your own living space.

Crafted from premium materials, particularly French limestone, our antique fireplaces possess aesthetic appeal. They transform any room in your home into a haven of comfort.

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