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Pedestal

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Wood
  • Reportedly From: Germany
  • DATES ca. 1890
    DIMENSIONS 46 1/4 x 22 1/2 x 17 in. (117.5 x 57.2 x 43.2 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1990.230.5
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Newman
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Pedestal, ca. 1890. Wood, 46 1/4 x 22 1/2 x 17 in. (117.5 x 57.2 x 43.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Newman, 1990.230.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1990.230.5.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.1990.230.5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pedestal: Fruitwood, stained walnut color. Circular turned molded base from which rises a pedestal stem that is cone-shaped at the bottom and rises to a trunk-like form with four truncated branches. Pedestal stem is carved to simulate bark with carved vines and leaves of ivy. Perched on two of the truncated branches is a large three-dimensional carved griffin whose tail arcs back to pedestal stem. The hairy paw feet of the griffin rise to grasshopper-like legs, the knees of which support the turned disc top of the stand which has a dished center and incised decoration comprising four pointed star and stylized acanthus in center; scrolling acanthus and four cartouches on rim. The neck of the griffin curves backward forming an S-shape with the tail and the open mouth of the vigorously carved head grasps one edge of the disc top. CONDITION - Large chip from tip of one side of griffin’s rear back shell. Mars to finish, especially to base. Numerous chips and losses to ivy leaves on pedestal; nicks to ears.
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     <em>Pedestal</em>, ca. 1890. Wood, 46 1/4 x 22 1/2 x 17 in.  (117.5 x 57.2 x 43.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Newman, 1990.230.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1990.230.5.jpg)