National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Shaker Stove/Built-in Closet Shaker Stove/Built-in Closet
Rendered by John W. Kelleher (artist), c. 1938
watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paper
overall: 27.8 x 20.6 cm (10 15/16 x 8 1/8 in.) Original IAD Object: 68" high; 17" wide (closet)
Index of American Design
1943.8.13677
Not on View
From the Tour: Shaker Crafts from the Index of American Design
Object 17 of 17

Shaker stoves were distinctive for their plain, clean lines in an era when most woodburning stoves had at least some decoration. Shakers simplified the basic stove design and emphasized features that enhanced efficiency. The shape of most Shaker stoves was rectangular and low, so that heavy logs could be easily placed inside. The metal door, set into the baseboard behind the stove, is for the convenient disposal of ashes.

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