Firebacks

Manufactured in the 20th century

  1. 1247

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    902 x 686 mm

    Description: Low-arched shape with bevelled edging (top and sides); in each top corner, capital letter 'P' below a stylised earl's coronet, the serif at the foot of the P facing outwards on each side of the fireback.

    Notes: Evidently intended to relate to the property of, or commemorating, an earl; the earldom in question has not been identified.

    Inscription: P P

    Manufactured: in the 20th century in England.

    Current location: in private hands, Broomfield, Somerset, England.

  2. 1211

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    850 x 810 mm

    Description: Arched rectangular shape: ovolo-moulded edging; pictorial scene of St George in armour, mounted on a horse, spearing a dragon which lies beneath the horse; in each top corner, a rose.

    Notes: A portrayal of St George and the Dragon in bold relief that owes something to the famous modelling by Benedetto Pistrucci of 1817; however, the figure of St George is disproportionately large in relation to the horse.

    Manufactured: in the 20th century in England.

    Current location: Thornhill Galleries, 43-45 Wellington Crescent, New Malden, London, England.

  3. 1065

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    510 x 680 mm

    Description: Rectangular; no edging; rough background with 'incised' inscription across top in archaic lettering; central crowned male figure, in Saxon costume, standing astride and facing right, holding a battleaxe to his right in both hands; behind him to the right, a figure wearing a Norman-style helmet with nasal guard, advancing, with a shield, and a sword in his right hand; behind the central figure and to his right, a fallen figure with a circular shield covering him; below, the face of another fallen figure, also wearing a Norman helmet.

    Notes: A dramatic pictorial fireback commemorating the Battle of Hastings. The pattern may have been made of a sculpted medium, such as clay.

    Inscription: HAROLD REX

    Manufactured: in the 20th century in England.

    Current location: Mark Ripley Forge & Fireplaces, Northbridge Street, Robertsbridge, Salehurst, East Sussex, England.

  4. 1145

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    920 x 770 mm

    Description: Arched rectangular shape; stepped cavetto-moulded edging; shiled, suporters, helm, crest, mantling and motto of Clan MacIntosh

    Notes: Blazon: Quarterly, 1st, Or, a lion rampant, Gules, armed and langued, Azure (for MacDuff); 2nd, Argent, a dexter hand, couped, fessways, grasping a man’s heart, paleways, Gules; 3rd, Azure, a boar’s head, couped, armed, Proper, and langued, Gules; 4th, Or, a lymphad, sails furled, Azure, flagged and surmounted of her oars in saltire, Gules (for Clan Chattan). The motto means 'Don't touch the cat without a glove'.

    Inscription: TOUCH NOT THE CAT BOT A GLOVE

    Arms: Clan MacIntosh

    Manufactured: in the 20th century .

    Current location:.