Description: Arched rectangular shaped central panel with 'nutshell' edging; pictorial: Mercury in his chariot drawn by two birds (possibly ravens) across the clouds, his caduceus held aloft; above are clouds, below is a landscape with plants; arched rectangular shaped border with fillet edging, a scallop shell top centre with descending symmetrical arrangement of vine and acanthus leaves and tendrils; the monogram, SHR, bottom centre; on top is a symmetrical design of scrolled floral tendrils. One vertical plankline right of centre.
Notes: The design is based on a personification of the planet Mercury in 'Planetarum effectus et eorum in signis zodiaci', by Marten de Vos (1585). The holes were for fixing to a grate.
- Decoration tags:
- 'Dutch' (shape)
- fillet (edging)
- whole carved pattern
Manufactured: in the late 17th to early 18th century in England.
Current location: Lassco, Three Pigeons, Milton Common, Great Milton, Oxfordshire, England.
- Attached to series:
- SHR series
- British 'Dutch' style firebacks