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Grill from the Avery Coonley House, Riverside, Illinois

Maker:
Frank Lloyd Wright (American, Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona)
Date:
ca. 1908
Geography:
Made in Riverside, Illinois, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Oak
Dimensions:
37 x 19 1/4 x 2 in. (94 x 48.9 x 5.1 cm)
Classification:
Architecture
Credit Line:
Gift of Erving and Joyce Wolf, in memory of Diane R. Wolf, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.402.2
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 744
This panel, one of a series, originally ornamented the angled skylights situated above the principal staircases in the Avery Coonley House, one of Wright’s largest residential commissions. The staircases flanked the great living room—the center point of the house’s pinwheel-shaped floorplan. The living room served as the intersection between the family’s bedrooms and more utiliatrian spaces, such as the kitchen. Wright employed similar panels elsewhere in the house, and his use of transparent glass with geometric wooden grills not only allowed for natural light to illuminate the interior, but also created playful patterns of shadows that further accentuated his highly linear furniture and interior designs.
Erving and Joyce Wolf, New York, until 1987
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