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Baluster Panel, One of Set

Decorative Arts

On View: 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor

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.

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
CREDIT LINE Gift of Carson, Pirie and Scott Co.
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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
IMAGE overall, 71.42.2_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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Baluster Panel, One of Set