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Haster or ‘Dutch oven’, English, unknown maker, c.1820, tôle and brass, ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly
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Haster or ‘Dutch oven’, English, unknown maker, c.1820, tôle1 and brass

Height: 68cm
Width: 33.5cm
Depth: 26.5cm

Museum number: XF115

Curatorial note

With gilt lattice border around the top and sides; brass bail handles at each side; decorative brass lion’s head knob and catch; two shelves with narrow supports at the rear; curved legs with flat pad feet.

This small backless cupboard for placing against the fire to warm plates and food must have been in the kitchens although it does not seem to be in the Furniture and Fittings inventory unless it is the ‘Large Meat Screen, lined with tin, with two shelves’ described in the back kitchen (this seems unlikely). Its design is highly decorative for such a practical item with even its metal legs being debased versions of the fashionable cabriole leg.

1 Tin-plated sheet-iron which is first varnished and then ornamented by decorative painting


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