Fig 1. 498:1 & 2-1868 wood-burning stove, glazed earthenware tiles

Fig 1. 498:1 & 2-1868 wood-burning stove, glazed earthenware tiles

The free-standing structure was designed as a wood-burning stove, stoked and ventilated from the back through two holes in the wall, so it could heat a room without filling it with smoke and fumes. It is composed primarily of relief-moulded lead-glazed earthenware and painted tin-glazed earthenware stove tiles.  The deep tiles are both highly decorative and functional, constructed to retain heat effectively. The stove (with two tiles dated 1577) was made in Villingen, Germany by Hans Kraut.