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Parlor Stove (The Star No. 3)

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Parlor Stove (The Star No. 3)

Maker: A. Buel & Co. (active Walesville, New York, c.1851)

Date: c. 1851
Medium: Cast iron
Overall: 23 × 23 × 19 1/2in. (58.4 × 58.4 × 49.5cm)
Signed: A. Buel & Co.
Credit Line: Gift of Donald and Barbra Ladd
Object number: 88.64.1
Label Text
Popularized by architect-designers Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-92) and Andrew Jackson Downing (1815-52), American Gothic architecture and furniture reached the pinnacle of its appeal in the mid-nineteenth century. Stove designers borrowed freely from architectural and cabinetmaking design books as illustrated by these two parlor stoves. Each exhibits Gothic details-such as cluster columns and tracery-in combination with subtle naturalistic details. The stoves are testament to the high quality and fashionable iron wares produced by the once-thriving iron industry in the greater Utica area.


(August 2002)