Grille [Prototype for Ceiling Grille for Pierpont Morgan Library Annex]
Samuel Yellin (American (born Russia), Mogilev 1885–1940)
Made in New York, New York, United States
33 1/8 x 34 1/2 x 2 13/16 in. (84.1 x 87.6 x 7.1 cm)
Gift of The Samuel Yellin Collection, 1994
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 701
This full-scale prototype of one unit of the large, decorative grille for the Annex of the Pierpont Morgan Library exhibits Yellin’s total mastery of his medium—iron—which is crafted here into graceful, Renaissance-inspired filigrees. The design of the openwork square with curling, heart-shaped cartouches containing birds is at once sophisticated and playful, exemplifying the artist’s keen interest in referencing historical material in new and innovative ways. The original grille remains in situ.
The Samuel Yellin Collection, Samuel Yellin Metalworkers Company, Philadelphia, until 1994