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Staircase Model (France), mid–late 19th century

This is a Staircase model. It is dated mid–late 19th century and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is planed and carved walnut and fir. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

With stairs that double back without apparent support, this model is further elaborated with undulating sides and Gothic-style arches. Possibly an acceptance piece, this example shows a high level of skill without necessarily being a full masterwork.

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

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 41.8 x 25 x 24 cm (16 7/16 x 9 13/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Staircase Model (France), mid–late 19th century; planed and carved walnut and fir; H x W x D: 41.8 x 25 x 24 cm (16 7/16 x 9 13/16 x 9 7/16 in.); Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; 2007-45-16

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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