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What is this?

Model of a curved double staircase reaching a landing and continuing up as a single stair; steps and risers inlaid in contrasting wood to emulate carpet; busts of Francois-Marie Arouet, called Voltaire (1694-1778), and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) made of Sèvres biscuit porcelain on newel posts at top.

This is a staircase model from France. It is dated early 19th century and we acquired it in 2007. Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

cut, joined and inlaid mahogany, ebony, pear or sycamore, oak, moulded biscuit porcelain (busts)

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 68 x 48.3 x 41 cm (26 3/4 in. x 19 in. x 16 1/8 in.)

This object was donated by Eugene V. Thaw

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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