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DESCRIPTION: Five plate or jamb stove, front plate bearing a plain “Vine and Fig Tree” design, a grape vine coiled around a staff, and a fig tree, and the maker’s name and date, above an unboxed inscription. Side plate consists of inscriptions and a group of animals.
DESIGN: Surviving castings from Marlboro show remarkable flexibility in Zane’s product marketing since they range from elegant stoveplates and firebacks in the Rococo style to jamb stoves decorated with simple scenes derived from European peasant folkore. The sideplate’s flat background with no attempt to show trees, bushes or other scenery is unusual. (See Mercer, The Bible in Iron, fig. #s 138 and 139.)