Maker Elizabeth Furnace
Object Place: Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
59.1 cm (23 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
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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.
"1769" cast at top.
"H. W. STIEGEL" cast on bottom.
Early history unknown; 1978, Gift of Mrs. William H. Fenn III, Yorklyn SR Box 21, Mt Cuba, Delaware
William H. Fenn III Glass Collection