Swedish Kachelofen, Beautiful Ceramic Stoves
Carl Larsson, the Swedish painter and decorator included these beautiful ceramic stoves in many of the paintings of his home.
The book Living in the Countryside by Barbara & René Stoeltie shows photos of the home of Karin and Carl Larsson. It has a photo of the same stove.
This is a lovely book, it is expensive, but often the used editions are not, so check.
This is the same stove.
This is a different ceramic stove.
Kachelofen, Tile Stoves
These are Kachelofen or Tile Stoves. They are heaters made with ceramic tiles. The heaters burn wood and are designed to more slowly release the smoke so that as much heat as possible would stay in the home. The ceramic absorbs heat and gradually releases it, radiating warmth evenly.
It was invented in the 1700s by Carl Johan Cronstedt and Fabian Wrede. Their invention was eight times more efficient than other stoves used at the time. The Kachelofen used much less wood and could heat a larger area. A fire only had to burn in the morning and evening to keep warm all day. A Kachelofen continues to radiate heat for 6 to 12 hours even after the fuel is burned up.
You can still buy Kachelofen. They are still being made. You see them in a lot of different styles now.
I found one on eBay. The seller says this Kachelofen was purchased at an antique shop in the 1950s. She bought it because it reminded her of the one in her home in Sweden.
This porcelain stove is from Austria, where it was used as a heating unit. It is about 6 feet high. There is a door at the front for fuel. Lower down on the side is a door to remove ashes. High on the upper back of the stove there is a 4-inch vent hole…
She had it appraised by the Chicago Tribune’s antique appraiser in 1999.
What you have is a very beautiful sky blue kakelugn, an antique but highly efficient stove for heating homes. The majority of kakelugns are wood-burning ceramic tile stoves, first developed in Sweden in 1767. Generally, they are 6 to 12 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide. Most have bright ceramic exteriors with hand-painted garlands or embossed medallions. Kakelugns heated Sweden’s manor houses through World War II, after which they were replaced by electric furnaces.
Today, the antique stoves are recognized as historical treasures and new units are being made in Sweden, priced from $3,000 to $25,000. Mark Steinke, the managing director at Salvage One, 1524 S. Sangamon St., where the specialty is architectural antiques, says a 19th Century French ceramic stove in their inventory is priced at $7,400.
Joyce Erickson Pitts, owner of The Inn at Union Pier, a Michigan bed and breakfast, says the 11 antique Swedish kakelugns in their rooms comprise the largest collection in the U.S., assessed seven years ago as worth $10,000 each. She guesses that sum would be the low end for yours, which appears to be in superb condition.
It is still on eBay: Kachelofen on eBay
I also found one for a dollhouse.
The doll house has a Kachelofen and a Mora clock. I would be very tempted to try to paint it to look like the ones in the Larsson home.