When saying `round stove`, the stylish and beautiful Swedish Kakelugnar comes to mind or their Italian version, La Castellamonte. This type of stoves serves a functional as well as an aesthetic role. By their round shape they occupy less space than the rectangular ones, yet their circular surface allows an entire range of designs, from the classic to the modernist ones.
In contrast to the more traditional rectangular stove that is made of ceramics, the round stove can be made of metal as well. Naturally, a cheaper material than the ceramics, the metal heats faster but cools down sooner. In old houses, the round metal stoves were usually to be found in the bathroom (see the one in the castle of the Károlyi aristocrats family in Carei/Nagykárolyi), while ceramics stoves were on display in the living rooms or salons, again like this one we see in the Károlyi castle. Let aside their functional nature (i.e. more affordable objects that heat the room faster), they can be richly decorated with floral designs, or with mythological figures, as we see in these examples of stoves in the museum of the so-called The Chain Church in Satu Mare or in the county Museum of History located in the same city.

 

Notes: Kakelugnar: http://www.norrkopingskakelugnsmakeri.se/produkt/lista/kakelugnar_runda

La Castellamonte: https://www.architonic.com/en/collection/la-castellamonte-classic-stoves/3103899/3006268/1

Károlyi family: Károlyi, descendants of Kaplony family, were nobles of the Carei area (e.g. their initial residence was Kaplony village, today Căpleni) who gradually raised to power starting later stages of the Middle Ages to become the most prominent political representatives of the entire region by the end of the nineteenth century. Some of the Károlyis held important administrative and political offices in Budapest or they served as civil servants in Vienna imperial courts.

The Chain Church: The Chain Church is a reformed church built at the end of the eighteenth century. It is one of the oldest in Satu Mare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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