Staircase Model (France), late 18th century
This is a Staircase model. It is dated late 18th century and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is joined, planed, bent, and carved pear, wrought brass wire, turned bone. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
This fine triple-height staircase model is similar to one designed by Robert Adam for 20 Portman Place in London. The model’s sustaining pillars ensure stability in place of the walls used in Adam’s staircase. The pillars are joined in a manner characteristic of a builder rather than a compagnonnage-trained cabinetmaker.
This object was
Eugene V. Thaw.
It is credited
Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 75 x 67.3 x 67 cm (29 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 26 3/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Staircase Model (France), late 18th century; joined, planed, bent, and carved pear, wrought brass wire, turned bone; H x W x D: 75 x 67.3 x 67 cm (29 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 26 3/8 in.); Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; 2007-45-11
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.