English warming pans to c.1700, principally those bearing inscriptions around a central engraved device. Another of those understudied classes of early modern artefact that fall between the art historians and the antique collectors and yet -- as I hope to show -- are full of cultural interest. It was finding the amusing WHO BURNED THE BED -- NOBODY type that got me started, and with the one sold at Bonhams in March 2017 we 'reached critical mass' for a new board at last!
Sadly, the photo is too 'general' to be of any real use, but this is a warming-pan dated 1677 with the initials K E M, sold (for £780) by the auctioneers, Wilkinson's of Doncaster, on 12th Dec 2010, lot 228, as a "child's warming-pan". Height/Length given as 30 inches.
central device, oak tree with acorns and three crowns. Legend: THE ROYAL OAKE [so post-1660] sold 20th May 2017, lot 177 Railton auctioneers
GOD SAVE KING CHARLES 1630 (lion with banner) V&A Coll. whence image
TRUST IN THE LORD ALONE 77 -- sold Chorleys
MY TRVST IS IN GOD ALONE -- central device, a ram against a background cloth/banner bearing the date 1636. Sold Railtons 20th May 2017, lot 163
All hail the Internet! Tx to the wonders of internet communication, New Zealand archaeologist, Simon Best, was kind enough to send me this drawing of a 17C Eng w-p lid recovered archaeologically there from a deposit of c.1900! (presumably bought over by some English immigrant). Drawing by Sally Maingay. Device: mounted warrior with banner. Motto: GOD BEE ON OVR SIDE AMEN 1651. -- "our side" I'm guessing here means Royalists, not Roundheads! WONDERFUL!
DAVID KING OVER ISRAELL 1653 -- possibly implying the existence of a Nine Worthies set? David is one of the Three Jews -- cf. NEXT
Belatedly I discover there is a SECOND warming-pan engraved with the subject of HECTOR PRINCE OF TROYE -- this one dated 1648 -- in the ownership[ of the NT at Knole. [ALSO a splendid example of how difficult it is to get a good photograph of these highly polished artefacts!]
HECTOR PRINCE OF TROYE 1640 -- possibly implying the existence of a Nine Worthies set? Hector is one of the Three Pagans -- cf. PREVIOUS
THE DIERS ARMS (three madder bags) sold Christies 3rd Nov 1999, lot 738 and more recently (2017) by Black Tulip Antiques, Denver, Colorado
brass warming-pan lid dated 1658' Device is the Arms of the Commonwealth (one of only 2 such pans known]; legend: THE ARMES OF ENGLAND. Sold Bonhams, Chester, 15 Sept 2011, lot 392. ex Isher Coll.
Legend: HERCVLES RYDING VPON A LYON 1629. Sold Christie's Roger Warner Coll. 20-21 Jan 2009, lot 299
1886 lithograph of a drawing by J. Lewis André of an English brass, warming pan lid dated 1602 and bearing a coat of arms including three goats' heads above 3 fleurs-de-lys