Staircase Model (France), late 19th century
This is a Staircase model. It is dated late 19th century and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is planed, carved, veneered, and turned cherry. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
The ellipses of this double staircase are so elegant that the maker actually signed this with his adopted compagnonnage name, “Ugen.” New compagnons often took a symbolic name to show allegiance and to protect their true identity from those in traditional guilds wishing to seek punishment for those outside the guild system.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 54 x 53.3 x 27.9 cm (21 1/4 x 21 x 11 in.)
Cite this object as
Staircase Model (France), late 19th century; planed, carved, veneered, and turned cherry; H x W x D: 54 x 53.3 x 27.9 cm (21 1/4 x 21 x 11 in.); Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; 2007-45-14
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.