Description: Rectangular central panel with elongated arch; bead edging; semi-nude figure of Poseidon/Neptune, a trident in his right hand, standing on two hippocampi (mythical sea horses). Rectangular border with elongated arch; fillet edging; two suspended festoons of fruit and leaves; at the bottom, the date and monogram. On top, two scrolls of foliage. On each shoulder of the fireback, a basket with fruit
Notes: A number of images of Poseidon on firebacks bear more than a passing similarity to fountain statuary. This is just such an example although the source of the design has yet to be identified. Formerly part of the J. H. Every collection.
Copies of this fireback are known.
Inscription: 16 NDW 97
- Decoration tags:
- 'Dutch' (shape)
- fillet (edging)
- whole carved pattern
Manufactured: in 1697 in the Siegerland area of Germany.
Current location: Anne of Cleves House, Southover High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, England.
Museum number: 1944.24.075 (part of the Sussex Archaeological Society museum group)
- Attached to series:
- 'Dutch' NDW series