New England Stoneware Candle Houses

The Collection

Full Cape

Full Cape ~ 5 x 4 x 4.5 inches ~ $75.00
("Double House") The simple, sturdy, but beautifully proportioned Cape house appeared in the mid-1600's on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and has influenced architecture throughout the United States ever since. One and a half stories high with a pitched roof, Cape houses were built low to the ground to withstand the winds from harsh Atlantic winter storms.

Capes were usually shingled on all sides. Only a few provided with clapboards and then only on the front. The Church frowned on ostentatious displays of wealth and clapboard all around was considered pretentious. The chimney on Cape houses stood directly opposite the front door and came up through the ridgeline of the roof. It was positioned to best heat all rooms of the house.

half capehalf cape1/2 Cape ~ 3.5 x 4 x 4.5 inches ~ $75.00
"Half Houses" have two windows to one side of the front door.

3/4 Capes ~ 4.5 x 4 x 4.5 inches ~ $75.00
("House & a Half") have two windows on one side of the door, one on the other.

All of these Capes were created from photographs taken while driving throughout Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

full cape with bow roof

Full Cape with Bowed Roof ~ 5 x 3.75 x 4.5 inches ~ $85.00

Bowed roofs evolved as families grew and the attic didn't provide enough sleeping space. Bowed roofs were also known as "ship's bottom roofs" or "rainbow roofs".

half cape with bow roofthree quarter cape with bow roof1/2 Cape w Bowed Roof
~ 3  x 3.75 x 4.5  inches ~ $85.00

3/4 Cape w Bowed Roof
~ 4.5 x 3.75 x 4.5 inches ~ $85.00

 

full cape with side LFull Cape with Side Ell
~ 7 x 4.25 x 4.25 inches ~ $125.00
These full Cape houses had an "Ell" addition either to the right or left side of the main house.

salt boxSalt Box ~ 5.75 x 4.75 x 4.5 inches ~ $85.00
Named because they looked like old salt containers, the salt box house been found throughout New England since the mid-1600s. Most faced south to take advantage of solar heat. The slope of the back roof saved in construction costs and served as a barrier to north winds. Often a "single room deep" 2-story colonial became a salt box with the addition of two back rooms on the first floor.

2-Story Colonials were similar to Cape houses, but with a full second floor and more windows. The chimney originally was centered behind the front door, but in later years some 2-story colonials had two chimneys, on either side, which allowed for a spacious central hall.   The numbers given to these colonials are just the artist's way of noting the differences between styles, i.e. door style, shutters or no shutters, etc.

colonial aColonial #1 ~ 6 x 3.5 x 5.25 inches ~ $85.00
Has no shutters and is only a single room deep.

colonial 2Colonial #2 ~ 6 x 4.25 x 5.25 inches ~ $85.00
Has no shutters.

colonial 3Colonial #3 ~ 6 x 4.25 x 5.25 inches ~ $95.00
Has shutters.

colonial 4Colonial #4 ~ 6 x 4.25 x 5.5 inches ~ $95.00
Has shutters and the roof is a bit higher.

colonial 5Colonial #5 ~ 6 x 4.25 x 5.25 inches ~ $95.00
Has shutters.

hip roof colonialHip-Roof Colonial ~ 6 x 5 x 5.75 inches ~ $150.00
Later in the 18th century, the box-like look of the 2-story colonial with its pitched roof was updated by slicing down both ends of the roof on a slant to achieve the hip-roof.  This style was also known as a "square rigger" or Captain's house".

vermont cottageVermont Cottage ~ 5 x 4 x 5 1/4 inches ~ $95.00
The "Vermont Cottage" is so called by the artist because so many houses of this style are found throughout the state of Vermont. Many photographs of similar houses were taken and compiled into creating this particular representation of this style of Vermont house.

maine cottageMaine Cottage ~ 4.75 x 3.5 x 4.25 inches ~ $85.00
The "Maine Cottage" is so called by the artist because she found so many houses of this style while driving the coast of Maine along Route 1.

farmhouse with porchFarmhouse with Porch ~ 3.5 x 6 x 5 inches ~ $175.00
This house was created from photos taken in Milford, NH of an old house & barn. The barn is now gone completely and the house rebuilt in a more modern form without the old farmer's porch.

school houseOne-room School House ~ 4 x 5.5 x 7 ~ $150.00
 New England schools were originally established for religious reasons. The 3 r's stood for "reading, 'riting and religion". Ministers doubled as teachers and often used church or meetinghouse buildings for their classes. The one room schoolhouse in this Stoneware Candle House collection represents a New England schoolhouse with recessed entrance and separate doors for girls and boys who, once inside, sat on opposite sides of the single classroom.

simple churchSimple Church ~ 4.75 x 5 x 9.75 inches ~ $175.00
This was the first church in the Stoneware Candle House Collection. It has iridized glass on the inside of the windows that reflects multiple colors, but allows light to come through from the inside with a clear, warm glow.

New England churchNew England Church ~ 4.75 x 6 x 10.5 inches ~ $350.00
This church is representative of many churches throughout New England. It was created from many photographs and also has iridized glass on the inside of all the first story windows. The inside is open to the steeple window allowing light to shine up through these top windows when the church is lit.

English barn English Barn 6 x 5 x 5.75 inches ~ $135.00
Early colonial farmers generally built their barns like barns in England, following plans that came from the Middle Ages. The interior was typically divided into three sections with storage bays on both gable ends separated by a central threshing floor with double doors on the front and rear eaves for driving a wagon through.

New England barn New England Barn ~ 5.5 x 6 x 8 inches ~ $250.00
Gable-front barns began to appear in central New Hampshire as early as 1810. They were typically two floors high and had many practical advantages. For one, the snow & rain would drain off the sides instead of flooding the dooryard. By the 1850s the sliding barn door was introduced. By sliding heavy doors along a covered track, very large doors could be opened & closed easily even in windy weather or after a heavy snowfall.

grambrel barn Gambrel Barn ~ 5.5 x 7 x 8.25 inches ~ $325.00
By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some gable-front barns were being built with gambrel roofs which allowed for more storage of hay.

grambrel barn Sugar House ~7.25 x 4.75 x 6.25 inches ~ $275.00
Originally the work of boiling sap from maple trees down to make maple syrup was done out doors using large iron cauldrons. Between the 1850s and 1870s the work began being  done inside low, single story sugar houses. These buildings had gabled roofs with large gable-roofed vents on the roof and a large steel flue pipe at one end. They often had an open woodshed attached to one gabled end for easy access to the wood fuel necessary for keeping the sap boiling. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup.

outhouses Single Outhouses ~ 3 x 3 x 8 inches ~ $48.00
(painted = $58.00) (double = $58.00)
Out of necessity, the outhouses are bigger in scale than the rest of the Stoneware Candle House collection.

All houses in the Stoneware Candle House collection are made to take a good quality tea-lite candle, a battery operated tea-lite candle, or a 4 watt bulb. Each piece has already been fired to over 2000 degrees, so the heat of a candle will not cause harm. However, they will get hot on top, so it is recommended that the candle be blown out and left to cool before touching the heated roof or moving the melted tin of wax.

 

 

 

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