745 Charlotte Hwy Asheville, NC 28730 United States 828.412.3260
Email Dealer


$ 12,000

Italian School (Attributed)

Italian School Trompe L'oeil 18th Century Fireboard

Origin Italy
Period 18th Century
W. 73 in; H. 41 in; D. 5 in;
W. 185.42 cm; H. 104.14 cm; D. 12.7 cm;
Condition Good.
Description Trompe L'oeil 18th Century Fireboard.

This painting is 41" tall by 74" wide and is a fireboard that serves beautifully as a decorative painting. Oil on wood. Probably Italian.

Trompe-l'œil is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. Forced perspective is a comparable illusion in architecture.

A fireboard or chimney board is a panel designed to cover a fireplace during the warm months of the year.

It was "commonly used during the later 18th and early 19th centuries" in places like France and New England.

In warm weather, "a fireboard effectively reduced the number of mosquitoes and other insects, or even birds, that might enter a house through an open, damperless chimney."

The "board or shutterlike contrivance" typically "of wood or cast of sheet metal" is "frequently decorated with painting and stencilling."

Some fireboards have notches cut out of the lowest edge to accommodate andirons.

Fireboards are also called: chimney boards, chimney pieces, chimney stops, fire boards, summer boards.
Styles / Movements Trompe l'oeil
Dealer Reference Number 379198
Incollect Reference Number 330951
Sign In To View Price close

You must Sign In to your account to view the price. If you don’t have an account, please Create an Account below.

Loading... Loading...
  • This website uses cookies to track how visitors use our website to provide a better user experience. By continuing to browse this website, you are agreeing to our cookie policy
Join InCollect close

Join to view prices, save favorites, share collections and connect with others.

Forgot Password?
  • Be the first to see new listings and weekly events
    Invalid Email. Please try again.