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19thC French Iron Fire Back

Original French cast iron fire-backs were used to throw off heat into the room - they are still used today but more often than not as decorative accessories.  They are stunning architectural elements.
The fire-back with the girl has an arched top and its peak is a shell flanked by dolphins. She is wearing a bonnet and is standing on terrace with birds flying towards her, in one hand she holds a billhook and the other hand a bouquet. The FRVH LING means the season of Spring and this has been identified on similar models of fire-backs from Northern France from the 1700's. This particular model is nearly identical to one described in the Bulletin Archeologique et Historique De la Socieite de Tarn et Garonne, 1893, from Chateau De Fourquevaux.

Girl: 400mm W x 560 H
Boy: 350mm W x 500mm H

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