Antiques Firebacks & Panels

A large collection of antique firebacks that includes cast iron works and decorative panels.

  • Stock: 14570

    An impressive 20th century armorial cast iron fire back with a nautical/marine theme. A pair of erect sea lions, each holding a spear, sit above the Latin motto " Fit Via Vi " that can be translated as “The way is forged by strength”. They are supporting a shield upon which can be seen a hand sinister above a pair of bishops mitres above a castle. The shield is surmounted by a coronet or crown above which is a galleon in full sail. Two further erect sea lions are top left and top right each holding an anchor. The fireback has a rope twist border broken at the top by the galleons mast.
    English, circa 1920.

    Notes: A heraldic sea lion is a mythical beast with the top half of an heraldic lion and the bottom half being that of a fish’s tail.

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    Width Height Depth
    35 58"
    90.5 cms
    24 38"
    62 cms
    1 316"
    3 cms
  • Stock: 10182

    A cast iron fireback in the Baroque manner, depicting St George triumphing over the Dragon. Dutch, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    24 12"
    62.3 cms
    33 12"
    85.1 cms
    0 12"
    1.2 cms
  • Stock: 13684

    A large 20th cast iron version of a Wealden 1640's fireback cast with the Royalist symbols of the lion, thistle, rose and fleur de lys. English circa 1930.

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    width height depth
    31 316"
    79.3 cms
    27 1116"
    70.3 cms
    1 316"
    3 cms
  • Stock: 14154

    An integral set of three antique cast iron fireplace panel inserts decorated with a central round figural medallion and two oval figural medallions surrounded by sirens, cherubs, festoons and floral embellishments.

    English, late 18th century.

    width height depth
    centre panel 37 58"
    95.5 cms
    36 58"
    93 cms
    0 1116"
    1.8 cms
    side panels 18 12"
    47 cms
    36 58"
    93 cms
  • Stock: 13683

    A large replica cast iron fireback bearing the date 1710 and depicting
    country folk relaxing in a rural setting.
    Early 20th century.

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    width height depth
    30 12"
    77.5 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms
    1"
    2.5 cms
  • Stock: 14130

    A pair of finely cast antique fireplace panels in the Baroque manner, each with stylised figures in the central niche surrounded by winged horses & mythological serpents and dragons above cherubic panels.

    English, circa 1700.

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    width height depth
    14 58"
    37 cms
    34 14"
    87 cms
    0 58"
    1.5 cms
  • Stock: 13567

    A very fine set of three large Neoclassical style cast iron antique fireplace
    panels the central panel depicting a seated maiden possibly Minerva
    the Roman Goddess of wisdom, medicine and crafts. Her name is
    linked to the Latin word 'mens' meaning 'intellect' representing the intelligence and inventiveness of this Goddess.
    Provenance: Skelmorlie Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland

    Mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    large panel 33 1116"
    85.5 cms
    39 1316"
    101 cms
    0 1316"
    2 cms
    small panels 18 18"
    46 cms
    39 58"
    100.5 cms
  • Stock: 14056

    A 20th century copy of a cast iron fireback, made by the Carron Foundry of Falkirk, Scotland, cast with a knight on horseback and inscribed "L D Fairfax Covnqvonror ". Fairfax was a commander in the New Model Army. An illustration of this fireback can be seen on page 204 of Carron's 'Architects Catalogue' circa 1910, please see the 4th image below.
    English, late 20th century.

    Notes: The New Model Army of England formed in 1645 won the English Civil War for Parliament and itself came to exercise important political power. It was disbanded in 1660 after the Restoration.

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    width height depth
    34 14"
    87 cms
    27 316"
    69 cms
    1 38"
    3.5 cms
  • Stock: 14047

    A cast iron antique fireback, bearing the initials C.H. and the date 1665. It is decorated in low relief with a somewhat dubious Neo Classical scene, the top is adorned with scaly sea serpents, centred with a small clam shell.

    Provenance: Hinwick House, Bedfordshire.

    English, 17th century.

    Note there is an old strapped repaired crack to the bottom.

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    width height depth
    23 58"
    60 cms
    33 18"
    84 cms
    0 1316"
    2 cms
  • Stock: 14010

    A 20th century cast iron fireback depicting the King Charles II the Royal Coat of Arms.

    English, Circa 1930.

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    Width Height Depth
    26 316"
    66.5 cms
    22 38"
    57 cms
    1"
    2.5 cms
  • Stock: 14069

    A very large French antique cast iron fireback, depicting Jupiter and his attendants set within an oval frame, on a cross hatched ground. The oval itself is set within a scrolled cartouche and twin masks of Jupiter can be seen set on either side. Jupiter was God of Sky and Thunder as was also King of the Gods in Roman mythology. His name in Greek mythololgy was Zeus.
    French late 17th century.

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    width height depth
    44 78"
    114 cms
    32 78"
    83.5 cms
    1 316"
    3 cms
  • Stock: 14070

    An attractive antique armorial French cast iron fire back richly and deeply cast with lions rampant astride a central oval foliate cartouche, below a floral, jewelled crown.

    French, early 19th century.

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    width height depth
    31 18"
    79 cms
    33 12"
    85 cms
    1 38"
    3.5 cms
  • Stock: 13696

    A French cast iron fireback depicting a salamander the heraldic symbol of the French King François I (1515-1547). The salamander is shown surrounded by flames and as it was believed that they had mystical powers and could not be consumed by fire here it was meant to symbolise the strength and invulnerabilty of royalty.

    French late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    29 18"
    74 cms
    27 58"
    70 cms
    0 1316"
    2 cms
  • Stock: 13678

    A square cast iron French fireback depicting a racing stag pursued by hunters set within a scrolled cartouche on a field of floral and foliate decoration.
    French late 19th century.

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    Width Height
    21 18"
    53.5 cms
    21 18"
    53.5 cms
  • Stock: 13911

    A large burnished cast iron fireback centred with an armorial shield flanked by scrolls and surmounted by a crowned cockerel. An exact replica of the 18th century French original.

    Width Height Depth
    50 38"
    128 cms
    47 316"
    120 cms
    2 38"
    6 cms
  • Stock: 13565

    A cast iron fireback depicting Neptune commanding the waves in his horse drawn chariot accompanied by putti musicians.
    English late 19th early 20th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    21 14"
    54 cms
    30 14"
    77 cms
    0 1316"
    2 cms
  • Stock: 13018

    A tall Wealden style fire back bearing the Royal arms of England between c.1400 to 1603. The supporters are a greyhound and a lion. The lion is a very early supporter. The greyhound first appears under Henry VII (succeeded 1485) and continued to be used until the death of Elizabeth (1603) which places the arms somewhere between 1485 and 1603.

    Heraldic information obtained from Richard d'Apice, VP of The Australian Heraldry Society.

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    width height depth
    21 12"
    54.5 cms
    26 1316"
    68 cms
    1 316"
    3 cms
  • Stock: 13296

    A large cast iron fireback with a shaped top and central panel of carousing figures framed by cherubs and foliate decoration.
    English early 20th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    29 78"
    76 cms
    37 316"
    94.5 cms
    1 316"
    3 cms
  • Stock: 11293

    A pair of 19th century cast iron monogrammed fireplace panels with the letter M within scrolled cartouches.
    French late 19th century.

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    width height depth
    Both 28"
    71 cms
    35 1316"
    91 cms
    0 58"
    1.5 cms
    Each 14 316"
    36 cms
    35 1316"
    91 cms
  • Stock: 7867

    Lge f/back, copy of 4620.

  • Stock: 13113

    A cast iron fireback of arched form and scroll-ended cresting above a band of text reading, 'RICHARD LENARD FOUNDER AT BRED FOURNIS'. He was the ironmaster at Brede Furnace in Sussex in the 17th century and is depicted in the centre, wearing a tied smock and surrounded by the tools of his trade with his dog at his side. To the right are images reflecting the domestic life of a founder. In the background is a barrow and a furnace, the whole within a moulded border flanked by the date 1636.
    Note: This is a 1974 copy of the original Lenard fireback.

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    Width Height Depth
    19 78"
    50.5 cms
    20 78"
    53 cms
    1"
    2.5 cms
  • Stock: 12901

    A cast iron arch fire back, with high shaped top and cast with a crowned surmounting a scrolled cartouche centred by a shield emblazoned with three fleur-de-lys.
    Late 19th century.

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    width height Depth
    23 1316"
    60.5 cms
    22 38"
    57 cms
    1 316"
    3 cms
  • Stock: 12767

    A large Victorian English cast iron fireback. The central panel with a figure of a horse and rider.

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    Width Height Depth
    30 1116"
    78 cms
    40 38"
    102.5 cms
    1 316"
    3 cms
  • Stock: 12751

    A scrolled and arch shaped cast iron fireback with a central shield with three fleur de lys the shield flanked by two leaping deer and surmounted by a crown.

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    Width Height Depth
    27 316"
    69 cms
    25 316"
    64 cms
    1 316"
    3 cms
  • Stock: 12949

    A Louis XVI style fireback depicting putti building a fire. French 19th century.

    Width Height Depth
    28 14"
    72 cms
    26 316"
    66.5 cms
    0 1316"
    2 cms
  • Stock: 12943

    A cast iron fireback featuring a horned deity flanked by winged Chimera...Napoleonic Bees, Scalloped Arch,over Vitruvian Scrolled decoration..representing the waves...beneath. With a pierced brass scrolled floral border all round. Flemish, stamped : Anno 1896

    Width Height Depth
    27 38"
    69.5 cms
    33 14"
    84.5 cms
    1 316"
    3 cms
  • Stock: 12938

    A ROCOCO CAST IRON FIREBACK..the scene from Greek mythology depicting Anchises, the Trojan father of Aeneas being carried out of a building struck by lightning by his son by Aphrodite. French, mid 18th century. Previously SNo. 6458.

  • Stock: 12701

    Pair of concave side panels with dancing youths, flaming torcheres and floral scrolling.

    Width Height
    EACH PANEL 18 78"
    48 cms
    35 1316"
    91 cms
  • Stock: 11384

    A Period Baroque Flemish cast iron fireback depicting a group of armoured noblemen and a lady. With the inscription " Presntzi Van Wesel Ende Bysh " ? 17th century.

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    width height depth
    25 38"
    64.5 cms
    29 12"
    75 cms
    1"
    2.5 cms
  • Stock: 9912

    9912. A rare period Rococo cast iron fireback depicting a battle scene from antiquity, with inspiration from Louis XIV's painter Charles Lebrun, in his painting & tapestry " Alexander the Great's Crossing of the Granicus ... Passage du Granaiche ", the border profusely decorated with floral "C" scrolls, and much of the detail still well defined.
    French 18th century.

    NOTES: The painting on the subject by Lebrun hangs in the Louvre and there is also a large tapestry on the same subject in the French embassy in the Palazzo Farnese, a High Renaissance palace in Rome.

    The Battle of the Granicus River in May 334 BC took place on the road from Abydos to Dascylium, near the site of Troy & the modern day Ergili in Turkey at the crossing of the Granicus close to the modern day Biga Çayı. It was the first of three major battles that Alexander the Great fought against the Persian Empire & where he defeated the Persian satraps, including a large force of Greek mercenaries led by Memnon of Rhodes - The result of these victories was that he attained half of Asia Minor.

    width height depth
    31 18"
    79 cms
    33 18"
    84 cms
    2 38"
    6.1 cms
    Weight: 96 Kg
  • Stock: 11491

    11491. A cast iron Fireback with the Royal Coat of Arms of James 1st of England VI of Scotland...dated 1619.19th century.

    width height depth
    33 78"
    86 cms
    25 316"
    64 cms
    1 1316"
    4.5 cms
  • Stock: 13720

    A well defined cast iron fireback depicting the French Royal Coat of Arms of the Baroque Bourbon Crown over the Fleur de Lys motif decorated Cartouche, with surrounding Olive branches. Previously sno 6409.
    French 18th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    25 58"
    65 cms
    30 1116"
    78 cms
    1 316"
    3 cms
  • Stock: 10181

    An arched Thomas Elsley fireback in the Baroque manner with date 1630, Monarchs initials GS...a prancing charger ridden by a heroic rider in Roman style armour, possibly commemorating Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden who in June 1630 landed with Swedish troops in Pomerania, Germany to aid the Protestants.
    Late 19th century Thomas Elsley copy of a 17th century fireback

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    Width Height Depth
    22 1316"
    58 cms
    31 18"
    79 cms
    0 1316"
    2 cms
  • Stock: 14108

    A Relic arched cast iron fireback dated 1722 with a Ducal coat of arms showing two crowned eagles , either side of two floral " C " scrolls flanking two oval emblazons behind which can be seen furled banners... surmounted by a Ducal crown.... incorporating heraldic features from the houses of Anjou / Burgundy / Bourbon / Naples . Image before restoration of crack, otherwise in sound condition. Previous SNo. 6442.
    18th century.

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    width height depth
    27 58"
    70 cms
    29 18"
    74 cms
    0 1316"
    2 cms
  • Stock: 10512

    A cast-iron fireback with arched top depicting Joshua and Caleb, two spies sent out before Moses into the land of Canaan. They brought back a bunch of grapes on a pole, an incident that St. Augustine saw as prefiguring Christ's eucharistic iconography of the vine. Flemish, date and initials obscured by age.

    width height depth
    31 12"
    80 cms
    33 78"
    86 cms
    2"
    5.1 cms
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