Risers and treads: oak; balustrade friezes and finials: elm; newel posts, stringers, skirting, baluster bases, balusters and handrails: pine
Height: 186 in. (472.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1932
Not on view
The exuberant carving of this magnificent staircase is attributed to the English master Edward Pearce, but it is similar to the work of Grinling Gibbons, who, like many other influential artists in seventeenth-century England, was Dutch. In keeping with Baroque ideals, the design consists of natural vegetal elements restrained and ordered by art. A dramatically undercut acanthus scroll with seed pods carries the balustrade between square newels; neatly arranged oak leaves compose the molding below, and pine cone finials crown the corner posts.
Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex ; Earls of Essex ; [ Edwards and Sons , until 1932; sold to MMA ]
Artist: Designed by architect Isidor Canevale (1730–1786)Date: ca. 1765–72, with later additionsMedium: Carved, painted, and gilded pine; plaster; gilt bronze; mirror glass; oak flooringAccession: 63.229.1On view in:Gallery 526
Artist: Johann Valentin Gevers (German, ca. 1662–1737)Date: ca. 1710Medium: Oak and pine veneered with tortoiseshell, silver, silver gilt, and green-stained ivory; mirror glassAccession: 1989.20On view in:Gallery 531