Firebacks

  1. 747

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    625 x 750 mm

    Description: Arch-shaped; fillet edge; Tudor shield, crown, garter and supporters. Crowned rose on dexter, and crowned portcullis (grid of 16) on sinister side of crown; the supporters, a dragon and a greyhound, stand on separate plinths; the initials, G P are placed in either side of the garter buckle.

    Notes: Arms are of Edward VI. A very clear casting, almost certainly from the original pattern; the garter motto is unusual in that it is mirrored; the initials are likely to be those of the pattern-maker as they appear on other similar firebacks.

    Inscription: HONY SOYT QVI MAL Y PENSE / G P

    Arms: Tudor royal

    Manufactured: in the mid 16th century possibly in the Lorraine area of Germany.

    Current location: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Kensington & Chelsea, Greater London, England.

    Museum number: M.499-1926 (part of the Victoria & Albert Museum museum group)

    Citation: Hodgkinson, J. S., 2010, British Cast-Iron Firebacks of the 16th to Mid-18th Centuries (Crawley, Hodgers Books).