Description: Arched rectangular; bead edging; pictorial scene of Venus, naked and kneeling, and Adonis, standing, holding a spear in his left hand, with Cupid to the left, and a hound to the right; pomegranates on top and on each shoulder of the plate, with two symmetrical, descending serpents.
Notes: Based on the painting of Venus and Adonis by Peter Paul Rubens.
Copies of this fireback are known.
- Decoration tags:
- 'Dutch' (shape)
- bead (edging)
- whole carved pattern
Manufactured: in the mid to late 17th century in the Siegerland area of Germany.
Current location: Anne of Cleves House, Southover High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, England.
Museum number: LH000.971 (part of the Sussex Archaeological Society museum group)
Citation: Hodgkinson, J. S., 2010, British Cast-Iron Firebacks of the 16th to Mid-18th Centuries (Crawley, Hodgers Books).
- Attached to series:
- 'Dutch' Borderless series
- Venus and Adonis firebacks