The 475-page tome is a truly phenomenal revelation it contains 1,287 photographs of firebacks, wooden models, terracotta & wrought iron examples; stoves, stove plates, other related pieces; and also pushes the established date of early firebacks into the mid-15. It identifies many Arms of France firebacks; about 150 more specific coats of arms; numerous allegorical or mythological pieces, and, where they were located in 1912.
Ive more recently acquired the definitive book (in German) on German stoves & firebacks, & bought another French reference volume, exclusively devoted to armorial firebacks (nearly 700 are photographed). Monsieur Carpentiers life-time masterwork is not exhaustive, but is incredibly important, and literally impossible to duplicate now. He profoundly documents this major area of material culture prior to the World Wars, which both had an inestimably devastating impact on private collections, museums, châteaux, public buildings, castles and private dwellings throughout much of Europe. Arms of France firebacks featuring the royal motif of the fleur-de-lys repeated 3 times were reserved for the aristocracy or royalty if they directly interfaced with other armorial firebacks is not discussed, and French heraldry is the most complicated subject I know of in Continental Decorative Arts.The French National Library in Paris has about 48 consecutive volumes on it, averaging perhaps 350 pages each! There are at least 10 closely-related and documented firebacks of this series the earliest is dated 1639, & the last is from 1690. This is featured in Figure 508 on page 195 , and comes in on the earlier side of the sequence probably from right around 1650. We had what can perhaps be described as our fourth heavy metal summer - on the return to England, the floor of Ellys new van was covered with 12 firebacks - some weighing more than 60 kilos about 160 lbs. I have to move them. I have lived in France for 24+ years, and have extensive experience with a wide range of early Continental metalwork I go out of my way to physically examine anything of interest, including firebacks period and otherwise and have therefore handled literally hundreds. While firebacks with casting lines (a result of wooden models) are more likely to be of the period, it is absolutely not prescriptive; in this case, I have no doubt, as to the authenticity of the piece. Perhaps the ultimate verification for precise dating on others will come from hi-tech XRF analysis which I have been involved with for seven years, in having numerous silver, paktong and other base-metal pieces tested at the Sheffield, England assay office. Their hand-held or chamber units are accurate to less than. 5%, but are prohibitively expensive for small museums, private collectors or dealers.
Along with coats of armor, biblical subjects were among the first to be employed in the 15. Century the earliest known mentions of dated firebacks in Carpentier is for the 1480s.I have recently seen a much-earlier date (1302) on a French fireback, but believe that the date relates to the founding of an aristocratic family, and has no relevance to the casting of the piece itself. Neoclassical, romantic, mythological & allegorical themes began to appear in the early 17. Century, soon to be followed by the fables of Aesop & Jean de La Fontaine all alongside the constant appearance of armorial firebacks.
This very fine and early antique armorial fireback is small to mid-range in size; those that are smaller were were installed in private living quarters (as opposed to reception or state rooms, in manor houses or châteaux). The last photo is a very rare Louis XIV period Sun King fireback in the latter category it is only 16 by 16, and bears an unrecorded French foundry name cast in on the front lower left.
We guarantee that this French armorial fireback is of the period, but if you have any reservations, we kindly request that you do not raise your paddle. We are independently listed with the. Generally excellent, but as-seen and as described , with the usual oxidation and heat erosion, except at the bottom there are no cracks or repairs.As can be seen in photos # 1, 7 & 8, there are three very small perforations on the bottom right , probably due to the presence of impurities in the iron. Cast iron does not like to be brazed, but patinated base-metal solder or a colored epoxy will easily render these spots invisible. Recommend the use of period firebacks in working fireplaces, and especially not early examples.
We wiped it down with diluted linseed oil photos # 10 & 11 are before & after - it is the least-invasive treatment we know of for wrought or cast iron. The oil has dried, leaving a flat surface; the fireback could probably use a bit more cautious cleaning, and another diluted linseed oil treatment traces of centuries of carbon are stubborn to remove. Use magnification for viewing details. Please ask, if you wish additional photos. New Bedford Museum of Glass.(21 & 1/2): width 54 cm. (21 & 3/8): thickness 2.5 cm. Weight - 28 kilos - not including packaging. Please read listings carefully rates & conditions are substantially different. Buyers leaving less than 5-star feedback (no longer invisible) will be permanently black-listed.
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