We want to devote this article to Art Nouveau tiled stoves.
We write a lot about the Art Nouveau style, because we consider it the embodiment of the harmony of life, the last frontier between nature and the expansion of scientific and technological progress of the 20th -21st centuries.
Our article Art Nouveau Ceramics is entirely devoted to the ceramists of this era – Auguste Delaerche, Clement Massier, Ted Sikorski – this is far from a complete list of ceramic artists working in art nouveau style at the turn of the 20th century.
Art Nouveau style combines attention to detail, the smoothness of natural lines, the thoughtfulness and melancholy of nature in its best moments.
Here you will not find youthful rebellion and a broken silhouette. Maximum expression can only be in the color of paints, which, however, is also characteristic of nature.
In this small material, we would like to show you wonderful examples of antique Art Nouveau tiled stoves and fireplaces of Europe and Russia.
All images are clickable and you can see the graceful relief and flickering of glazes in sufficient detail.
The main producers of tiled facings for stoves and fireplaces in Russia at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries were German and Finnish factories; many tiles for stoves and fireplaces were made at the Kuznetsov Porcelain Factory.
These were mainly porcelain and faience tiles, less commonly – fireclay and terracotta ones.
The main Finnish manufactories, whose furnaces and fireplaces in the Art Nouveau style, also called Northern Art Nouveau or ‘national romanticism’, were widely represented in the old houses, were the Abo enterprise, the Arabia factory, the Gräsviken and Rakkolaniok pottery factories.
We wrote more about them in our article on Finnish tiled stoves.
German Art Nouveau tiled stoves are represented by the world famous Meissen porcelain manufactory, which also produced claddings for furnaces, and Karl and Ernst Teichert’s factory, the oldest in Europe. We also wrote about this interesting enterprise in this article.
It should be noted that since ceramics can live for centuries, the degree to which these ancient tiled stoves have been preserved is very high. Not only the stoves themselves and the reliefs of the tiles, but also the rich color of the glazes have been preserved.
Art Nouveau style stoves and fireplaces are in demand by modern customers, – apparently, people have accumulated fatigue from the rhythm of the post-industrial era.
This is why we and our fellow ceramists produce cladding for stoves and fireplaces in the Art Nouveau style and see this as a return to nature, as an eternal source of strength and inspiration for us and future generations.
On this page you can look at our Art Nouveau tiled stoves and fireplaces, the model of which we have developed based on vintage European stoves.
And here you can see a great article about antique tiled stoves in other styles, including Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo.