"Since thou canst not be my bride, at least thou shalt be my tree;
my hair, my lyre, my quiver shall have thee always." OVID

​An exquisitely carved Louis XVI fireplace in white Carrara marble
evoking the ancient Greek myth of Apollo and Daphne. 

Apollo had been mocking the God of Love, Eros, who in retaliation fired two arrows: a gold arrow that struck Apollo and made him fall in love with Daphne; and a lead arrow that made Daphne hate Apollo. Under the spell of the arrow, Apollo continued to follow Daphne but she continued to reject him.

Daphne turned to the river god, Peneus, and pleaded for him to free her from Apollo. In response, Peneus used metamorphosis to turn Daphne into a laurel tree. Apollo used his powers of eternal youth and immortality to make Daphne’s laurel leaves evergreen and told Daphne that he would love her forever. 

Below the moulded shelf sits a panelled frieze with exquisitely carved Apollo's quiver and mythical arrows forever intertwined with Daphne's laurel leaves and berries.

 Square floral paterae sit above beautifully carved acanthus leaves on scrolled jambs. 
France, XIX century

Dimensions:  110cm (43¼") High, 157cm (61¾") Wide, 42cm (16.5") Deep

Aperture:  85cm (33.5") high and 110cm (43¼") wide