Description: Arched rectangular shape; cyma curve and astragal edging; fleur de lys formed from acanthus leaves within a circlet, between swirled, budded fronds, all in bas-relief.
Notes: An uncommon English fireback with a purely floral design.
Copies of this fireback are known.
Current location: Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.
(part of the Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service museum group)
- Attached to series:
- Miscellaneous pattern firebacks
Description: Arch-shaped; fillet edge; Tudor shield, crown, garter (motto clockwise but reversed) 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: There are several firebacks with the Tudor royal arms that were probably originally produced in the Spanish Netherlands, perhaps illustrating the association between England and Spain through the marriage of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. The firebacks differ in several small details, such as the form and rotation of the Garter motto, the style of the crown, the positioning of the supporters in relation to the Garter, and the form and size of the crowned rose and portcullis.
Inscription: HONY SOYT QVI MAL Y PENSE / G P
Arms: Tudor royal
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)