Firebacks

542mm tall

  1. 1290

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    335 x 542 mm

    Description: Rectangular, with arch at the top. Above and below acanthus vines. In the middle a landscape with trees and two seated figures; on the left Mercury, playing a flute, a staff over his right shoulder, and at his feet a caduceus; to the right a seated male figure with his left hand supporting his head, in his right hand a stick with which he is supporting himself, behind him a cow, at his feet a dog.

    Notes: A scene from classical mythology.

    Manufactured: in the early 18th century in England.

    Current location: Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    Museum number: 15229 (part of the Museum Rotterdam museum group)

  2. 43

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    700 x 542 mm

    Description: Arched rectangular shape with ovolo canted top corners; fillet edging; within a cartouche, shield of the Worshipful Company of Barber-Surgeons - quarterly, first and fourth, Sable a Chevron between three Fleams Argent, second and third, Per pale of the second and Vert on a Spatter also Argent a Tudor Rose proper crowned Or; on a Cross Gules dividing the quarters a Lion passant guardant Or; the date is above the shield, which is surmounted by a vase from which are displayed a flower and leaf stems; the same occupy the spaces on each side of the shield, below which is a motto scroll.

    Notes: The arms on this fireback were granted to the company in 1569.

    Copies of this fireback are known.

    Inscription: 1631

    Arms: Worshipful Company of Barber-Surgeons

    Manufactured: in 1631 possibly in the Weald area of England.

    Current location:, England.

    Citation: Hodgkinson, J. S., 2010, British Cast-Iron Firebacks of the 16th to Mid-18th Centuries (Crawley, Hodgers Books).