Description: Arched rectangular central panel with additional arch above; bead and fillet edging; pictorial scene of Solomon, rising from a scallop-backed, canopied throne, greeting the Queen of Sheba, with other figures in attendance; identical shaped border with cavetto-moulded edging; a vase on top with descending swags of drapery; at the sides, overlapping bunches of foliage suspended from ribbon bows; at the bottom, a central cartouche between fruit bunches; on top, a pomegranate with a descending serpent on each side, and a pomegranate on each shoulder of the plate.
Notes: Several contemporary paintings are of similar scenes; this design may have been derived from any of them.
Copies of this fireback are known.
Current location: Michelham Priory, Arlington, East Sussex, England.
(part of the Sussex Archaeological Society museum group)