ATTRIBUTION: This side plate is identical to one on a six plate stove in the Mercer Museum marked “D. PENNYBACKER HIS REDWELL FURNACE SEPTE 21 1787.” The pattern was carved by Jacob Kiblinger.
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 became popular.