One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mantelpiece or mantelshelf.
shelf, sill, mantelpiece, mantelshelf, shelvingView synonyms
- ‘The thirteen marble fireplaces all remained, as did the gas jets over the parlor mantels and near the windows.’
- ‘The apartment is filled with beautiful art and pottery and various marble mantels and fireplaces which the owner has made (he restores sculpture).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Grouped on window sills or mantels, in forcing jars of crystal, cobalt, amethyst or green-colored glass, hyacinths enhance the holiday mood.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Large pieces of artwork are best hung over fireplace mantels or large pieces of furniture.’
- ‘The foyer, mantels and windowsills become stages for her holiday creations.’
- ‘The fireplace has a mantel and hearth incorporating a copper insert and remote-control living flame gas fire.’
- ‘In addition, the house features cast-concrete counters, sinks, wall tiles, mantels, windowsills, and patio tiles that Rosenblatt designed and cast on site.’
- ‘People opt for one fairly lush plant and place it off-centre on their mantel, rather than filling a whole shelf with plants.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Included in the show are table covers, needlework patterns, needle worked fire screens, valances for mantels and beds, needlework upholstery, and sewing tools.’
- ‘Most of the people I work with haven't been nominated, don't have a statue on their mantel, and they're fine actors.’
- ‘The fireplaces in the library and the drawing room have ornate wooden mantels with marble surrounds and are complemented by south - facing bay windows.’
- ‘The show (the first of five summer bazaars) also offers the opportunity to buy real art for barren walls and empty mantels.’
- ‘Gwyneth placed it in a frame on the mantel in her room.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Indian slate makes this fireplace, with its hand-crafted mantel, a particularly inviting feature of the room.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: specialized use of mantle.
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