William B. Mundie (American, 1863–1939). <em>Elevator Grille</em>, 1889. Cast iron, sheet metal, 78 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 1/2 in. (200 x 31.1 x 1.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Manhattan Associates through the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2013.45. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.2013.45_in_situ1.jpg)

Elevator Grille

Artist:William B. MundieWilliam Le Baron JenneyWinslow Brothers Company

Medium: Cast iron, sheet metal

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Dimensions: 78 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 1/2 in. (200 x 31.1 x 1.3 cm)


Accession Number: 2013.45

Image: CUR.2013.45_in_situ1.jpg,Elevator Bank, Manhattan Building, Chicago

Catalogue Description:
A cast iron elevator grille of elongated form, the upper and lower section with distinct decorative themes divided by a solid rectangular band cast with a wavy pattern and a central opening of rectangular quatrefoil design. The upper section divided by a vertical bow. Above are five pairs of vegetal wing-like designs that terminate at the sides with small scrolls. Below is a large coil motif that asymmetrically splits into opposed coil designs below. The lower section is enclosed by an undecorated frame, the central panel with a simple square grid pattern decorated with circular knobs at the intercies. The whole sits on two cast iron tabs above a narrow band of shallow foliate scrolls. CONDITION: Overall good condition, some areas of rust and loss of patina, particularly on sides, central section and lower section.

Brooklyn Museum