Fireback

American
1769
Maker Elizabeth Furnace


Object Place: Elizabeth, Pennsylvania

Dimensions

59.1 cm (23 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1978.1168

Medium or Technique

Cast iron

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Metalwork

Rectangular Iron fireback or stove plate with overall vine-like design and on top of fireback with


Made of durable cast iron, firebacks protected the rear wall of the fireplace from damaging flames and heat. Given their prominent location in the hearth, they were often decorated in the latest styles. Here, the Rococo, C-scroll design is closely related to decoration on furniture and architecture-note the pediment of the high chest and the knees of the side chair, exhibited nearby. The same woodcarvers who embellished furniture often carved the wooden molds used to create firebacks.

Inscription

"1769" cast at top.

Markings

"H. W. STIEGEL" cast on bottom.

Provenance

Early history unknown; 1978, Gift of Mrs. William H. Fenn III, Yorklyn SR Box 21, Mt Cuba, Delaware

Credit Line

William H. Fenn III Glass Collection