Antique fireback depicting a mythological griffin
Antique fireback from the Empire period, depicting a mythological griffin with a bird’s head and wings and the body of a lion.
A 19th century fireback after the engraving from 1660, by engraver Matthaus Merian. The image is on the top of the fireback, cleverly above the location of the wood and fire of the fireplace so that the image remains visible when the fireplace is fired.
49.5 x 49.5 cm