Model for Spiral Staircase, 19th century
This scaled staircase model consists of an elegant spiral with two revolutions. A celebrated art form that was closely linked to the height of craft-specific guilds in France—woodworking in particular—staircase models were used to demonstrate technical mastery and virtuosity of the craft. The spiral staircase balances aesthetics with structural needs, taking its form from one of the most familiar motifs found in the natural world.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 44 x 16.5 x 16.2 cm (17 5/16 x 6 1/2 x 6 3/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Model for Spiral Staircase, 19th century; pearwood; H x W x D: 44 x 16.5 x 16.2 cm (17 5/16 x 6 1/2 x 6 3/8 in.); Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; 2007-45-4
In addition to Collection Selects: Wyss Institute, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces—The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift.