Louis XIV at the Getty (June 9, 2015 to July 31, 2016)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 9, 2015 to July 31, 2016
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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S102
Unknown maker, French
80 × 96 cm, 131.5431 kg (31 1/2 × 37 13/16 in., 290 lb.)
Since the mid-1500s, thick iron plaques known as fire backs lined fireplaces in many homes to protect chimney masonry and to reflect a fire's heat into the room. This fire back displays the
Fire backs were often decorated with biblical, historical, or mythological scenes or coats of arms. This large, rectangular fire back weighs nearly three hundred pounds and would have radiated heat well into the night. The comte de Toulouse had several homes, and the fire back probably graced the fireplace of a lavishly decorated formal room. He also commissioned a set of the Beauvais tapestry series entitled The Story of the Emperor of China,which includes his coat of arms in the borders. Seven tapestries from this set are in the Getty's collection.