Description: Quasi-arched rectangular shaped with cavetto canted top corners; fillet edging; two V-shaped arrangements of laths, one inverted and superimposed over the other, in centre of plate; date split on either side; initials in triangular arrangement above laths.
Notes: The shape of the fireback is very similar to firebacks at Knole, Sevenoaks, of similar date, and may be the product of the same furnace; the 'X' shapes may have apotropaic significance.
Inscription: 17 RSL 28
Current location: Cranbrook Museum, Cranbrook, Kent, England.
- Attached to series:
- Date & initials firebacks
Description: Rectangular; cyma recta moulded edging; centre top, date formed of individual stamps.
Notes: The moulding used for the edging, which was probably derived from redundant furniture, is very similar to that used on several firebacks of a similar style in the late 17th century, although the lettering style is different. Although its small height suggests that this may only be the top half of a fireback, the existence of a plate of similar dimensions in Brighton Museum may indicate that the proportions were deliberate.
Current location: Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, Dorset, England.
(part of the Dorset County Museum museum group)
- Attached to series:
- Date only firebacks
Description: Arched rectangular shape with ovolo-moulded edging and narrow extensions to sides; central shield bearing arms with lion rampant supporters and motto scroll beneath; above, a marquesal coronet; date split between top corners; inserted initials above coronet; on top of arch, two downward facing dolphins with tails entwined.
Notes: The arms are of the family of Pierrepont, marquesses of Dorchester and dukes of Kingston-upon-Hull, of Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire (blazon: argent semi of cinquefoils gules, a lion rampant sable), with the motto: Pie Repone Te (Place yourself piously), a pun on the name, Pierrepont. The original casting dated to the marquisate, between 1706 and 1715, with the unidentified initials added in 1728.
Inscription: A H / 17 28 / PIE REPONE TE
Arms: Pierrepont, Marquess of Dorchester
Current location: in private hands Edinburgh, Mid-Lothian, Scotland.