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Balcony front
  • Balcony front
    Guimard, Hector, born 1867 - died 1942
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Balcony front

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Guimard, Hector, born 1867 - died 1942 (designer)
    Bayard et Saint Didier (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron

  • Museum number:

    M.120-1984

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Hector Guimard (1867-1942) was a leading exponent of the French Art Nouveau style. Strongly influenced by Victor Horta, his work is characterised by flowing scrolls and fluid acqueous and vegetal ornament. His best known works a re the Castel Beranger, 1894-8 and the entrances to the Paris Metros, 1900. He also designed furniture and interior fittings.

Physical description

Rectangular balcony front, the fluid upright sections are decorated with curling vegetal scrolls. Interlocking these are curling tendrils of abstracted floral and vegetal motifs.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Guimard, Hector, born 1867 - died 1942 (designer)
Bayard et Saint Didier (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cast iron

Dimensions

Height: 52.5 cm, Width: 92.5 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Guimard was a leading exponent of the French Art Nouveau style. Strongly influenced by Victor Horta, his work is characterised by flowing scrolls and fluid acqueous and vegetal ornament. His best known works a re the Castel Beranger, 1894-8 and the entrances to the Paris Metros, 1900. He also designed furniture and interior fittings.

Descriptive line

Cast iron balcony front designed by Hector Guimard, France ca. 1900.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Campbell, Marian An Introduction to Ironwork, London, HMSO, 1985. p.35 ill. ISBN 0112904157

Labels and date

BALCONY PANEL

Guimard's best known works in iron are the entrances to the Paris Métro, first commissioned in 1900. A fireplace is displayed in the Ironwork Gallery (Room 114C). [1987-2006]

Materials

Iron

Techniques

Casting

Subjects depicted

Scrolling foliage

Categories

Ph-survey; Metalwork; Architectural fittings

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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