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Stair end

Stair end

  • Date:

    1740-1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved walnut

  • Credit Line:

    Given by W. F. Lawrence, Cowesfield House, Salisbury

  • Museum number:

    1318-1904

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 53, case 1, shelf EXP

Object Type
This piece is said to come from Allerton Hall, Liverpool. When one entered a house in the 18th century, whether modest or grand, one stepped into the hall. Here, the staircase leading to the upper floors caught your attention. Triangular-shaped brackets such as this one were used to finish and embellish the ends of the stair tread. In smaller houses such brackets were often painted a plain white.

Design & Designing
This stair end was made between 1740 and 1770, when the fashion for Rococo was at its height. Within this small piece several key elements of Rococo design can be spotted. Curving scrolls in the shape of a 'C' combine with a naturalistic pattern derived from the acanthus plant, which has spiky, feathery leaves. Equally important, the overall design is not disciplined and symmetrical, but spontaneous and exuberant.

Materials & Making
This piece is made from walnut. This is a hard wood which can be carved into crisp shapes with the help of a mallet.

Date

1740-1770 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved walnut

Dimensions

Height: 16.3 cm, Width: 31.5 cm, Depth: 2.5 cm

Object history note

Said to have come from Allerton Hall, Liverpool. One of a gift of 11 stair ends from W. F. Lawrence, Cowesfield House, Salisbury.

Descriptive line

English 1740-60

Techniques

Carving

Categories

Architectural fittings

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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