Fireplace & Clock

Fireplace: Probably commissioned from A. H. Davenport Co., 1898
Clock: Unknown maker, ca. 1900

Fireplace: Mahogany, marble, brass, 86 x 110 x 18 in.
Clock: Wood, gilded, 38 x 84 x 8 in.

Elegant fireplaces adorn each room of the Senate President's suite. That in the President's office is of white, ochre and green onyx marble with brass fittings and original andirons with flame finials. It is set into an elaborate mahogany mantle supplied by the A. H. Davenport Company, of Boston and New York, one of the largest and most prominent fine woodworking firms in the country.

Above the fireplace is a French-inspired, American-made electric clock installed around 1900. The gilded clock surround is decorated with symbols of strength and prosperity including oak leaves, cornucopia and eagle wings. Similar clocks can be seen in the major rooms of the Brigham extension.

The coffee table was commissioned in 1988 of materials that correspond to those surrounding the fireplace. Metal coffee urns that were converted to lamps flank the mantle.

historical object of Fireplace & Clock