This splendid spiral staircase is crafted in the fashion of a journeyman's model. Carpenters' guilds from the Middle Ages onwards demanded that their apprentices developed technical skills and studied geometrical drawing and design before working under a master of their trade. Finally they had to produce a miniature masterpiece showing their knowledge of design concepts and techniques. Over the centuries, such models have also come to be appreciated as objets d'art. Distressed cherry and birch wood with a French finish.
20.5 x 37.5 cm