Description: Arched rectangle; cavetto moulded edging; Tudor royal shield, Garter and crown, with crowned lion and dragon supporters; motto along bottom; Tudor rose to left of crown, portcullis to right.
Notes: This painted fireback is reputed to have been a gift from King Henry VIII to the second Sir William Godolphin, who was present at the Siege of Boulogne in 1544 with a party of Godolphin tin miners.
Copies of this fireback are known.
Inscription: HONI SOIT QVI MAL E PENSE / DIEU ET MON DROIT
Arms: Tudor royal (Elizabeth I)
- Decoration tags:
- arched rectangular (shape)
- cavetto (edging)
- whole carved pattern
Manufactured: in the mid to late 16th century possibly in the Weald area of England.
Current location: Godolphin House, Helston, Cornwall, England.
Museum number: 169480 (part of the National Trust museum group)
Citation: Hodgkinson, J. S., 2010, British Cast-Iron Firebacks of the 16th to Mid-18th Centuries (Crawley, Hodgers Books).
- Attached to series:
- Tudor royal armorial firebacks