Wonderful cast iron chimney back in relief with Jerusalem Cross

This wonderful antique cast iron chimney back was made in France. It features wonderful details and demonstrates the skills of the craftsman who created it. Very thick, this fire back dates back to the end of the 17th century. It has an original shape and unique decorative details: a coat of arms highlighted by interlaced ropes.

In the Coat of Arms, on the right, the Jerusalem Cross refers to the Arms of Anne Croix, wife of Jean III of Ambournay. On the left, we can see the Arms of the family of Ambournay (bourgeois of Lyon). The belt means that the fire back was melted after the death of Jean III during the widowhood of his wife.

Jerusalem Cross was attributed in the 11th century to Godefrey de Bouillon (first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem): large cross potent surrounded by four crosslets one in each quadrant representing the four quarters of the world meaning that the word of God spreads throughout the world from Jerusalem. This cross is also present on the Coat of Arms of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and on the Coats of Arms of the Houses of Habsburg and Savoy, whose ancestors were kings of Jerusalem.

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Height : 83 cm
Width : 81 cm

2000 €Réf. ACA225

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