The first use of the fireback is to protect the masonry and earth from the flames and high temperatures. But their aim is also to store the heat and then spread it out throughout the room, especially at night when the fire is dying.
The cast-iron firebacks are born in the fifteenth century. They have been getting richer with heraldic decorations (arms, crowns and other emblems), allegorical, mythological or illustrating tales of peasant scenes. The most beautiful compositions reach their peak in the seventeenth century.
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