A carved, armorial panel depicting a triumphant, seated Boudica styled figure wearing a flowing robe and plumed hat, flourishing a staff bearing a Spanish helmet; and a lion rampant brandishing a sword and arrows. The central arched panel is framed within decorative gadrooned and foliate borders and is surmounted by a pair of stylised dolphins between three rosette medallions. It bears the words 'Oro Patria' which translate as 'gold' and 'homeland'.
The panel relates to the Netherlands, Eighty Years War of Independence(1568–1648) a revolt of Seventeen Provinces of what are today the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, against Philip II of Spain, the sovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands.
The arched rectangular central panel and pictorial, patriotic scene is typical of Dutch fireback designs. An image of a 17th century Dutch fireback with a similar depiction can be seen in the last image below.
19th century, probably Dutch.
Link to: Antique panelling and overmantels
Listed Price: £2,200 (+VAT where applicable)