Not currently on display at the V&A

Balcony Front

ca. 1900 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.
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object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cast iron
Brief Description
Cast iron balcony front designed by Hector Guimard, France ca. 1900.
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 52.5cm
  • Width: 92.5cm
Gallery Label
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)
Object history
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.
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Campbell, Marian An Introduction to Ironwork, London, HMSO, 1985. p.35 ill. ISBN 0112904157
Collection
Accession Number
M.120-1984

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record createdApril 10, 2000
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