"in one corner was an enormous white tiled stove, reaching nearly to the ceiling"

Kakelugn - Tiled Stove

 

18th century tiled stove made in Berne, Switzerland
Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike18th century tiled stove made in Berne, Switzerland - Credit: John Jason Junior

For many centuries, large tiled ceramic stoves have been used in countries such as Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden. Some were designed for quite grand houses and some for more modest ones. The plain white one in the picture above, is a 19th century Swedish stove.

 

Stove on display at the municipal museum at Rapperswil, Switzerland
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeTiled stove on display at the municipal museum at Rapperswil, Switzerland - Credit: Roland zh