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Code 206-4B

French Antique Fireback

Originally , firebacks were used in fireplaces to radiate heat into the room. Now, in addition to use in fireplaces, they can also be used as ornamentation on stone walls, above stoves, or as an accessory.

 

This particular fireback depicts a coat of arms with three fleur-de-lis, the Coat of Arms of France. The ornamentation has masks, shells, acanthus leaves, facing volutes, rocaille motif, scrolling foliage and more. The iron workers initials or possibly the foundry name is stamped "I R" or "L R" at the bottom left.

There is some loss of detail, as expected for its age. 18th Century

Fi rebacks - The Art of Warming
In earlier times, the well appointed fireplace was never considered complete unless it included
a cast iron fireback. Today, the fireback's usefulness and charm have been rediscovered and are
again at the center of the hearth and home.
Efficiency
Positioned against the back wall of a fireplace, a fireback protects the masonry of the back wall
and radiates the heat of the fire forward. By reflecting light and heat from the fire out into the room,
a fireback is a noticeable improvement to the hearth. This warmth is gained whether a fireback is
used with wood fires or gas logs.
Protection
A cast iron fireback is still the best way to protect a hearth's back wall from decay. Despite advances in technology, the harsh rays of the fire render even modern refractory material vulnerable to damage and the likelihood of expensive repairs. A fireback will effectively prevent any further damage to the back wall.
Aesthetics
As a sculptural accent in what is usually the natural focal point of a home, a fireback lends visual warmth and interest to a hearth whether it's with a roaring fire or by soft candlelight.

H=26 3/8, W=25 7/8, D=1 1/4, Weight=118 lbs

 

$2,200

Price: $ 2,200.00

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Le Louvre French Antiques are Direct Importers of France of 18th and 19th Century French Furniture, Accessories , and Chateau Architecturals. Le Louvre French Antiques, has been a leading source for high quality antiques in Dallas for over 25 years. With a keen eye for…

 
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