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Keep Triste Furnace
Place Made:
Berkeley County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
cast iron
HOA: 18 1/4; WOA: 23 1/2; LOA: 1/2
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Iron plate from six-plate stove with the name “George North and Co.” impressed at the top, below which is an urn with swags on either side. The name “Keep Tryst Furnace” is impressed at the bottom.

DATE: The inscription refering to George North dates this fireback to the period 1788 -1800, when North was an owner of the furnace.

DESIGN: Like other decorative arts, ironwork responded to the changes in fashion which punctuate the 18th century. During the first quarter, stove decoration was characterized by German medieval scripture scenes and floral motifs. Mid-century, rococo patterns, also found on Philadelphia Chippendale furniture, became popular, and after the Revolution, neoclassical and patriotic motifs, such as the popular urn and swag pattern featured here became popular.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund