Code 910-39A Small Antique French Fireback, Circa 1800s. "The Spring"
This beautiful 19th century French iron fireback has an arched top with four right angles. At the peak of the arch is a shell surrounded on either side by dolphins. The front depicts a young girl wearing a bonnet in a landscape setting, with a garden balustrade behind her. There is a bird flying towards her with stylized clouds in the sky. In one hand she holds a billhook, and the other hand, a bouquet of flowers. FRVH LING meaning the season of Spring was seen on several similar models of firebacks from Northern France and other parts of Europe starting in the 1700s.
This model is nearly identical to one described in Bulletin Archeologique Et Historique De La Societe Archeologique De Tarn Et Garonne, 1893, from Chateau De Fourquevaux.
Firebacks were used to throw off heat into the room from the fire. They are still used for this purpose as well as for decorative accessory pieces, often above modern day stovetops.
CONDITION: Slight crack to iron in lower right hand corner, age wearing to relief details, and rusting. Please see photos.
H=22 1/8, W=15 5/8, D=1/4, Weight=29 lbs