Baluster Panel, One of Set
The rich, dense application of stylized leaves and berries in a symmetrical arrangement seen in this balustrade is typical of the Prairie School style. Sullivan's interest in nature extends to the treatment of the surface. Even though this was an interior balustrade, the cast iron has been made to simulate the results of exposure to the elements. A layer of matte green paint has been applied over a coat of glossy dark-red paint to achieve a weathered look.
- Designer: Louis Henry Sullivan, American, 1856-1924
- Medium: Cast iron, paint
- Dates: ca.1903
- Dimensions: 39 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (101 x 24.8 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: no marks
- Signature: no signature
- Inscriptions: no inscriptions
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view on the 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
- Accession Number: 71.42.2
- Credit Line: Gift of Carson, Pirie and Scott Co.
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Louis Henry Sullivan (American, 1856-1924). Baluster Panel, One of Set, ca.1903. Cast iron, paint, 39 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (101 x 24.8 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Carson, Pirie and Scott Co., 71.42.2. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (65%)