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Fireplace Surround

A work made of cast iron.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cast iron.


c. 1875


Designed by Thomas Jeckyll (English, 1827-1881)
Made by Barnard, Bishop & Barnards (Norwich, England, 1826-1908)

About this artwork

Throughout the 1870s, Thomas Jeckyll designed a variety of Japonesque fireplace surrounds for the Norwich iron manufactory Barnard, Bishop and Barnards. The design for this surround was registered in 1874. Surrounds like this were so popular that the firm and designer opted to stamp this version with their emblematic signatures embedded within the design. This helped to ensure authenticity in a period when designs were still widely copied by competing manufactories. The design utilizes circular discs, called mon after Japanese heraldic emblems. When observed closely, the emblems for Barnard, Bishop and Barnards (four bees) and Thomas Jeckyll (a double moth motif) can be found in two mon in the upper register.


On View, Gallery 246


Applied Arts of Europe


Thomas Jeckyll (Designer)


Fireplace Surround


Norwich (Object made in)


Made 1870–1880


Cast iron


97 × 92 × 5.7 cm (38 1/8 × 36 1/4 × 2 1/4 in.)

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Major Acquisitions Fund

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