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$ 6,800

19th century French Architectural Model of Revolving Doors

Origin France
Period 19th Century
Materials Walnut, glass
H. 22.25 in; Diam. 14.5 in;
H. 56.52 cm; Diam. 36.83 cm;
Condition Good.
Description Compagnonnage is the French tradition whereby a future builder, after several years of apprenticeship with a master, completes a tour de France (or sometimes, as is sometimes the case with woodworkers, of Germany) to pursue further expertise and knowledge of the craft. At the end of each stop on this tour the apprentice completes a work reflecting his skill level.

Typically, these were collected by antiquarians, architects and historians of architecture and design. Works of compagnonnage were brought into the spotlight by Bill Blass, who collected beautiful model staircases and whose home was much admired.

The Cooper-Hewitt Museum hosted an exhibition of masterful examples, and further illuminated the process of apprenticeship: “Compagnonnage, meaning “group of companions,” is a type of design practice that combined formal study with practical training from masters. Apprentices honed their skills in a workshop during the day, taking courses in the art of geometrical drawing and design in the evening, living together in a boarding house. First, concepts were taught, then the handiwork, both of which became increasingly sophisticated…At each stage of the learning process (acceptance, reception, mastership), apprentices created models, leading them to become masters of their craft and design.”

We have never seen a model of revolving doors, and are quite captivated by its delicate ingenuity.
Styles / Movements Collectible Design, Modern
200 Lex Booth Number 25
Patterns Geometric
Incollect Reference Number 415429
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