Abraham Buzaglo


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(b 1716; d 1788). Moroccan iron-founder who settled in England in 1762. He invented an innovative three-tier cast-iron stove decorated with extravagant reliefs. His name was so strongly associated with his stove that Richard Tickell, in his poem The Project (1778), could refer to a ‘Buzaglo’, which Tickell maintained could raise the standard of debate in the House of Commons by warming members who become irritable because of the coldness of the chamber. Only two examples are known to survive: the one in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Gallery in Williamsburg, VA(1770), has flamboyant rococo decoration and the one in Knole, Kent (1774), which is decorated with classical reliefs. The Williamsburg stove, which was originally in the Virginia House of Burgesses, was extravagantly praised in an accompanying letter by Buzaglo, who assured the recipients that ‘the elegance of workmanship and impression of every particular joint, does honour to Great Britain; it excels in grandeur any thing ever seen of the kind, and is a Masterpiece not to be equalled in all Europe, and could not be sufficiently admired’.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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