Dumb Stove Representing a Full-length Classical Female Figure
Albany, New York
Cast Iron; ht. 48 3/4"; w. 14 d.9
Rockwell Fund, 1992.8
George Washington Dumb Stove
Albany, New York
Cast Iron; ht. 48 3/4"; w.15 d.9
Rockwell Fund, 1992.7
Baker Stove Store
circa 1886, N.E Corner of Green St. and Norton St.
Photographer, Stephen Schreiber
Albany Institute of History & Art Library, S10B374
Two Column Parlor Stove
E.N. Pratt & Co/Albany
1837 - 1844
58" x 341/4" x 15 1/2"
Collection of John I. Mesick, Schodack, New York
CAST WITH STYLE: 19th Century Cast-Iron Stoves
January 26 - May 25, 2008
This exhibition, drawn from the museum's well-known collection will include 30 stoves complemented by prints, drawings, photographs, stove catalogues, and advertising materials. During the nineteenth century Albany and Troy, New York manufacturers were considered to be among the largest producers of cast-iron stoves in the world. Stoves made in these two upstate New York cities were renowned for their fine-quality castings and innovations in technology and design. The strategic location of Albany and Troy, located nine miles apart on opposite banks of the Hudson River afforded easy and inexpensive transportation of raw materials to the foundries, and finished stoves to worldwide markets.
Cast-iron stove making reached its highest artistic advent of the cupola furnace permitted more elaborate designs and finer-quality castings. Stove designers borrowed freely from architectural and cabinet-makers design books, a process that resulted in the use of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Rococo revival motifs; patriotic symbols, and Franklin, box, dumb, base-burner, parlor, cook stoves and ranges and parlor cook stoves. However, the stoves that attracted the most attention and helped to secure the reputation of stoves produced during the 1830's and 1840's. These stoves were a focal point for a Victorian parlor because the overall designs incorporated current tastes in architecture, furniture and other decorative arts.
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