At this time of year in the home of Will Fisher and Charlotte Freemantle, a sweep is as lucky as lucky can be. This is the house of the historically appropriate chimneypiece. It was seven at the last count and fires are lit every night in the winter.
In the drawing room there’s a Palladian chimneypiece that inspired Jamb’s Oxford design; the dining room’s original stone chimneypiece circa 1740 inspired Jamb’s reproduction Montford design, while in the master bedroom the English 18th-century Italian Breche marble chimneypiece (my favourite) inspired the St. James design.
Will’s fetish for historic chimneypieces led to Jamb, which he co-founded in 2003 with his wife Charlotte Freemantle, to sell antique mantels and reproduction fireplaces, lighting and furniture that capture the essence of the classical English country house. Between them they have sourced some of the finest antique chimneypieces to come on to the market including designs by Sir Isaac Ware, who once remarked,
‘The eye is immediately cast upon it on entering, and the place of sitting down is naturally near it. By this means, it becomes the most eminent thing in the finishing of an apartment.’
The chimneypiece is the focal point that sets the scene from which life flows. Will Fisher and Jamb are the source.
‘I love there to be a fireplace as the centerpiece instead of a television, and it should have an amazing chimneypiece around it. I kind of like them all, they’re like children. And then you fill your hearth with the firelog dogs and some fragrant wood, and your house is instantly a home.’
In this whole wide world, there’s no happier bloke than Will Fisher.
Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim cher-ee, chim cher-oo!
Jamb, 95-97 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8PH