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The Fox and the Stork Fireback

The fable of the fox and the stork (Jean de la Fontaine 1621-1695). The fox invites the stork to eat out. He gives him soup in a flat plate, so the stork in unable to drink anything. He leaves no marks, but broods on revenge. Not long after he invites the fox for a return visit. The fox smells it: meat! But unfortunately, the meal is served in a vase with a long neck. This time the fox has to go home sober.
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Age20th century
Width50.0 cm |19.7 inches
Height65.0 cm |25.6 inches
Depth 2.0 cm |0.8 inches
Weight17 kg |37 lbs
MaterialsCast iron

If an old or antique fireplace accessory has a nice brown patina of rust, we tend to preserve that; thus the items remains brown. In all other instances, our firebacks and andirons have been treated with stove polish and thereby have a black/greyish color. If you prefer to have a black-colored fireback or pair of andirons, we can deliver any brown fireback or pair of andirons in black. Yet, a black fireplace accessory cannot be delivered in brown. Realize that a fireback in use in a fireplace will get black in its central section regardless.


Classification: ***: Very good condition, limited wear given the age and use. **: Clear signs of wear and possible structural problems including small instabilities. Still well suited for use in an open fireplace. *: Structural instability that hinders function other than decorative. For example, open fireplace tongs with a loose mechanism so that the ends can overlap. A fireback in this classification can still be used in a gas fireplace or as a backsplash. Should you want additional information about the quality or the classification of a specific fireplace accessory, do not hesitate to ask.


Excl. VAT. For sales to individual customers in the EU, VAT is charged. For individual customers outside the EU, 0% VAT applies, but they may have to pay VAT in their own country (e.g. UK, Switzerland, Canada). Shipping quotes include handling and 100% insurance but exclude possible local duties and tax.

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