Garniture – Decorative set of Porcelain

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Garniture. A decorative porcelain set may be displayed above or below a cabinet or table. If displayed on a chimneypiece, the set is called a garniture de cheminée.

Typical placement is on the mantelpiece over a fireplace. Still, garnitures were often placed on various pieces of furniture and ledges or niches around the walls of a room, especially over doors or above fireplaces.

A garniture is a collection of three matching pieces designed to adorn a mantlepiece; for example, a clock and two flanking vases or candelabra. Often a large central piece is flanked by pairs of smaller ones.


Campbell, G. (2006). The Grove Encyclopedia of decorative arts. Oxford University Press.

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, June 27). Garniture. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:38, January 21, 2022, from


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