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Fireback

Maker:
A. T.
Date:
1767
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Cast iron
Dimensions:
23 x 32 in. (58.4 x 81.3 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.145
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 715
The central figure on this fireback is thought to be a soldier wearing the Highland uniform of Scottish regiments in the British army. A heavy plume adorns his bonnet, a broadsword drawn from its scabbard is uplifted in his right hand, and his left hand holds a shieldlike device. The leafy border capped by dolphins is modeled on Dutch ornamental designs of the late seventeenth century.
Inscription: inscribed: A.T. / NEW YORK / 1767
Charles Woolsey Lyon, Albany, New York, until 1916
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