A dated second quarter 17th Century cast iron fire back

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Lot 678
A dated second quarter 17th Century cast iron fire back

Sold for £ 660 (US$ 907) inc. premium
A dated second quarter 17th Century cast iron fire back
"RICHARD LENARD FOUNDER AT BRED FOURNIS" inscribed to the arch beneath a scroll cresting, date 1636 flanking a central standing figure of the ironmaster with tools of his trade, to the top left corner a quartered shield with hammer, plummet, iron-weight and pinchers or tongs, above a brick-built smelting furnace, to the lower right-hand corner a cartouche of shape matching the fire-back, with initials 'RL' (fractured), 51cm wide, 55cm high

Footnotes

  • For a matching example see Lindsay J Seymour: Iron and Brass Implements of the English House, Alec Tiranti 1970, p.10 and fig.24.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note - the example in Seymour Lindsay is dated 1636 but our example is only dated "16" - it is however of the same period.
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