A Victorian black slate arched fireplace, painted with intertwining Ivy and white Jasmine. The symbolism of flowers was a popular theme in Victorian Britain, with flowers adopted as symbols across the decorative arts. The art of floriography as it was called, was used to convey messages through the language of flowers. Ivy for example, represented eternity, fidelity and friendship. White jasmine, purity and amiability.
Original hand painted decoration.
English, circa 1870.
Link to: Antique Victorian, William IV and Edwardian fireplaces and chimneypieces.