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Staircase Model (France), early 19th century

This is a Staircase model. It is dated early 19th century and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is cut, joined, and inlaid mahogany, ebony, pear or sycamore, oak, molded biscuit porcelain (busts). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This double revolution staircase is unmistakably a masterwork, confirmed by details such as the carefully turned, ebony balusters and the sophisticated veneering used to create an inlaid “carpet.” A hint of revolutionary politics is introduced through a juxtaposition of Sèvres biscuit porcelain busts of the French philosophers Voltaire (left) and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (right).

This object was donated by Eugene V. Thaw. It is credited Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.

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.)

Cite this object as

Staircase Model (France), early 19th century. cut, joined, and inlaid mahogany, ebony, pear or sycamore, oak, molded biscuit porcelain (busts). Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw. 2007-45-12.

In addition to Models & Prototypes Gallery: Thaw Models, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces—The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift.

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