This firescreen panel evokes the Roman poet's Arcadia and concept of 'Ver Perpetuum' or everlasting spring. Venus's roses accompany a Pan-masked krater-vase overflowing with flowers. Displayed in a trompe l'oeil niche, it served like real 'bough pot' vases and those painted on chimneyboards to conceal the 18th century chimney-hearth, when not in use. (see M.R. Blacker, Flora Domestica, London, 2000, p. 59).