Cast iron, Ceramic
965 x 965 mm
Treasurer's House, North Yorkshire (Accredited Museum)
Cast iron fireplace surround. Inner decorative frieze set at 34 x 35 in , 86.3 x 88.9 cm, and enclosing fire opening suuound of 6 in (15.2cm) sq. ceramic glazed tiles, two tiles set horizontally across the top of the fire opening and five angled vertically down each side of the opening. Tiles with roundels depicting scenes from Aesop's Fables, colouring red brown on natural background, legend on 4 corners of the tile. Horizontal tiles - The Ape, the Cat and the Roast Chestnuts. The Fox dines with the Stork. Vertical tiles (top to bottom) Right-Hand - The Fox and the Goat in the well, Wolf and the Lamb at the Spring, The Fox and the Crow, The Wolf and the Crane, The Calf , the Sheep and the ?? in partnership with the Lion ? Left-Hand - The Tortoise which wished to learn to fly, The Hare and the Tortoise run a race, The Lion and the Rat, King Log ? and King Stork, The Dog and his shadow. Condition - iron rusting, two lower tiles damaged, some tiles crazed.