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A decorative structure or an ornamental panel situated above a mantelpiece.

o′ver·man′tel adj.


(Architecture) an ornamental shelf over a mantelpiece, often with a mirror
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Noun1.overmantel - a shelf over a mantelpieceovermantel - a shelf over a mantelpiece    
shelf - a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
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Bowed under the overmantel, Mr Verloc, holding his head in both hands, seemed to have gone to sleep.
One of its two original fireplaces survives, a palimpsest of at least three phases of 16th- and 17th-century painted wooden surfaces, the overmantel of which has already been conserved by the Hamilton Kerr Institute.
The building includes a parlour fireplace with an overmantel with the date 1643 and the initials IPF, and a double-headed eagle.
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An electric four oven Aga sits below an oak overmantel while further integral appliances include a Miele coffee maker, microwave and dishwasher plus Maytag American style fridge freezer.
At the front of the house is a good-sized reception room with bay window and a stone fireplace with wooden overmantel or chimneypiece.
Inside is a hall with marble floor and a hand carved oak staircase, inner hall, cloakroom with marble floor and a lounge with fireplace with an architect designed overmantel and a remotecontrolled living flame, coal-effect gas fire.
Extensive fittings in the kitchen, designed by David Siviter, include an island unit, two china sinks, an integrated dishwasher, granite worktops and a cream four-oven Aga, traditionally set under an overmantel.
One of his specialities was the oak overmantel, which were large, carved panels set above the fireplace on the chimney breast, and which decorated many merchants' houses on Newcastle Quayside.
From an imposing double-vaulted entrance chamber, guests pass through an inner hall and into the elegant drawing room with its magnificent open fireplace, crowned by an overmantel mirror.