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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 oak. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This double-revolution staircase model is similar to one described as being “in Renaissance style for a store,” in plate 17 of a folio by E. Delbrel, published in Paris in the 1880s. The upper level is self-supporting and the railings’ balusters are turned.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Descending the Stairs in a Grand Manner.

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

Our curators have highlighted 9 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Peacock Armchair, 1950s
  • solid ash, rope cord, and teak.
  • From the collection of Jon N. Streep, given in his memory.
  • 2011-35-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 52 x 71 x 44 cm (20 1/2 x 27 15/16 x 17 5/16 in.)

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Staircase Model (France), mid–late 19th century; oak; H x W x D: 52 x 71 x 44 cm (20 1/2 x 27 15/16 x 17 5/16 in.); Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; 2007-45-10

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces—The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift.

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