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16th-17th Century French Gothic 'Pillars of Hercules' Fireback

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16th-17th century French Gothic fireback with two Pillars of Hercules. The pillar refers to the club of Hercules, his favourite weapon. It symbolizes power. Since antiquity the ‘Pillars of Hercules’ are also the name of the promontories at both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar. Hence they also symbolize the frontier between the known and unknown world (Nec plus Ultra, "nothing further beyond") and later they also became symbols for the opposite, i.e. taking risks and confronting the unknown (Plus Ultra, ‘further beyond’). The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter.

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    16th-17th Century
  • Condition Details
    The fireback has a crack at the bottom, but is still fit for use in the fireplace or as a backsplash.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages.
  • Dimensions
    H 36.62 in. x W 36.62 in. x D 0.99 in.H 93.0 cm x W 93.0 cm x D 2.5 cm
  • Seller Location
    Amerongen, NL
  • Seller Reference Number
    n4339
  • Reference Number
    LU973716025232
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