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Parlor Stove

Maker: Bailey Wheeler & Co. (active Utica, New York)

Date: 1844-1865
Medium: Cast iron
Overall: 42 × 28 × 21in. (106.7 × 71.1 × 53.3cm)
Signed: On face: 'Bailey Wheeler & Co. Utica / Wager's'
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 88.40
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)