One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mantelpiece or mantelshelf.
shelf, sill, mantelpiece, mantelshelf, shelvingView synonyms
- ‘Large pieces of artwork are best hung over fireplace mantels or large pieces of furniture.’
- ‘The rooms are laid out as if the occupants have just stepped out for a moment, leaving their tea, or port, or pipe, or whatever on tables and mantels.’
- ‘The fireplaces in the library and the drawing room have ornate wooden mantels with marble surrounds and are complemented by south - facing bay windows.’
- ‘People opt for one fairly lush plant and place it off-centre on their mantel, rather than filling a whole shelf with plants.’
- ‘The thirteen marble fireplaces all remained, as did the gas jets over the parlor mantels and near the windows.’
- ‘The fireplace has a mantel and hearth incorporating a copper insert and remote-control living flame gas fire.’
- ‘Gwyneth placed it in a frame on the mantel in her room.’
- ‘Included in the show are table covers, needlework patterns, needle worked fire screens, valances for mantels and beds, needlework upholstery, and sewing tools.’
- ‘In addition, the house features cast-concrete counters, sinks, wall tiles, mantels, windowsills, and patio tiles that Rosenblatt designed and cast on site.’
- ‘Grouped on window sills or mantels, in forcing jars of crystal, cobalt, amethyst or green-colored glass, hyacinths enhance the holiday mood.’
- ‘The foyer, mantels and windowsills become stages for her holiday creations.’
- ‘The show (the first of five summer bazaars) also offers the opportunity to buy real art for barren walls and empty mantels.’
- ‘Most of the people I work with haven't been nominated, don't have a statue on their mantel, and they're fine actors.’
- ‘This was one of my favorite paintings in the show, and I spent a lot of time staring at it where it was hung over one of the fireplace mantels.’
- ‘Indian slate makes this fireplace, with its hand-crafted mantel, a particularly inviting feature of the room.’
- ‘Often this will be a painting or wall hanging that is placed on the wall just above the mantel, or even resting on the mantel.’
- ‘Group them under your tree, on mantels, and on windowsills.’
- ‘We've also given you the choice of two design options, a simpler mantel and one that's more elaborate.’
- ‘The apartment is filled with beautiful art and pottery and various marble mantels and fireplaces which the owner has made (he restores sculpture).’
- ‘By the second quarter of the century, dwellings in Paris flaunted brilliant crystal chandeliers and small, exquisitely carved marble mantels with large mirror panels, or painted overmantels called trumeaus.’
Mid 16th century: specialized use of mantle.
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