Metropole tiled fireplace insert
This deceptively simple fireplace design could equally as well be found as a 1920s or 1930s fireplace or in homes built after World War II.
The Metropole insert is recessed from the edge of the fireplace. It is largely the colours and hues in the tiles that lend it its distinctive qualities. This version pictured is a hand-made mottled tile that we produce ourselves and was made as a commission for a customer.
The fireplace was always seen as an insert, hearth and separate mantel.
We have shown it here with an original Stonite mantel which typically featured a large "Bolection" moulding, popular throughout the inter-war and post war periods in fireplace design.
We have come across quite a few original versions of this fireplace and most were made after World War II with "Stonite" mantels of the design shown here. We do make a wooden mantel called the Gorton which is in the same style as the one shown here.
We do usually have one or two of these for sale as original fireplaces. The fireplace is very similar in design and proportion to many of the Faience block fireplaces which were made from the 1920s through to the 1950s and 1960s ( see the original fires section on this website )