File:Staircase from Cassiobury Park, Herfordshire MET DT11786.jpg
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English: 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. Note: some sources attribute this work to Grinling Gibbons.
|Source||Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York|
|Author||Metropolitan Museum of Art|
Attributed to Edward Pearce (ca. 1630–1695)
Staircase from Cassiobury House
Wooden staircase from Cassiobury House, Watford, Herfordshire
|Medium||Risers and treads: oak; balustrade friezes and finials: elm; newel posts, stringers, skirting, baluster bases, balusters and handrails: pine|
|Dimensions||Height: 186 in. (472.4 cm)|
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
|Object history||Removed when the Cassiobury estate was sold off in 1923.|
|Credit line||Rogers Fund, 1932|
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