Grille [Prototype for Ceiling Grille for Pierpont Morgan Library Annex]

Samuel Yellin American, born Russian Empire [now Ukraine]

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.

Grille [Prototype for Ceiling Grille for Pierpont Morgan Library Annex], Samuel Yellin (American, born Russian Empire [now Ukraine], Mohyliv Podilskyi (Mogilev Podolsky) 1884–1940 New York City), Wrought iron, American

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