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Stove plate

Stove plate

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cast iron stove plate depicting a woman, representing the figure of Charity, with two children. Beneath is the inscription 'CHARITAS'.

Place of Origin

England (made)


17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cast iron

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 610 mm, Width: 410 mm, Depth: 25 mm

Descriptive line

Stove plate depicting a woman and two children above the inscription 'CHARITAS', cast iron, made in England, probably cast from a Dutch or German model, 17th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fig.31, p.29.
Gloag, John and Derek Bridgwater. A history of cast iron in architecture. London : G. Allen and Unwin. 1948. 395p., ill.
Butterfield, W. Ruskin. Old Wealden Firebacks. The Connoisseur. Dec. 1916. pp.197-206.
Lloyd, N. Domestic Ironwork. I. Firebacks. Archaeological Review. LVIII, 1925. pp.58-67.
Starkie Gardner, J. Iron Casting in the Weald. Archaeologie. LVI, May 12th 1898. pp.133-164.

Labels and date

Cast iron
England; 17th century

The figures of a woman and two children forming a group symbolise Charity, with the inscription CHARITAS below. Personifications of Virtues were often used on firebacks and stove plates - see also the plate nearby with Justice and Faith (Museum No. 142-1898). This was probably cast from a Dutch or German model.

Museum No. 890-1901 [07/1994]


Cast iron



Subjects depicted

Figures (representations); Children; Women; Charity


Metalwork; Ironwork


Metalwork Collection

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