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Tiled stove

Key data

Zurich, ca. 1735/40

Faience with painting in 'high temperature' pigments

height 329 cm, width 101 cm, depth 132 cm

Inv. 1895.14.


The stove comes from Zurich, from the Burghof at no. 5 Froschaugasse. Although its painted decoration is in the Winterthur style, its shape, with elegantly articulated forms and contracted tower, is a departure from the classic Winterthur stove.
For the scenes on the firebox a series of illustrations to the New Testament by Christoph Weigel were used as a source; they had been published in Nuremberg in 1712. The saints on the pilasters are after Matthäus Merian the Elder; his illustrations in the so called 'Merian Bible' published by Christoph Murer in 1625 were the source for many of the scenes on traditional Winterthur stoves. The tower is decorated with allegories of the Virtues from an unidentified source.

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