Athlète et feuillages (Athlete and foliage)

Title: 
Athlète et feuillages (Athlete and foliage)

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Object Name: 
Panel for the Grand Staircase in Wanamaker's Men's Store, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Title: 
Athlète et feuillages (Athlete and foliage)
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
55.3.165
Dimensions: 
Glass Panel: H: 266.7 cm, W: 147.3 cm; Frame: H: 282.5 cm, W: 163.5 cm, D: 9.5 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1932
Credit Line: 
Gift of Benjamin D. Bernstein
Web Description: 
This may be the largest single piece of Lalique glass in existence. It was one of a set of Art Deco-style glass panels commissioned for the lobby of Wanamaker’s Department Store. The appearance and pose of the classical male figure, a hero, are taken from ancient Greek vase painting. The tree, with its thick leaves, creates a decorative pattern. The Lalique Company completed several large commissions in the United States between 1928 and 1935. They included architectural decorations for the Oviatt Building in Los Angeles, and the Coty Building and Altman’s Department Store in New York City. John Wanamaker (1838–1922) pioneered the concept of the American “department store” during the late 1800s. His innovative general stores in New York City and Philadelphia were nationally known.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Bernstein, Benjamin D., Source
1955-12-01
Category: 
Color: 
Inscription: 
R. LALIQUE 1932
signature
Engraved bottom right corner
Primary Description: 
Panel for the Grand Staircase in Wanamaker's Men's Store, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, "Athlète et feuillages (Athlete and foliage)". Sandblasted colorless glass panel, applied patina; bronze coated metal frame.
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (2014-06) illustrated, p. 35, top right; BIB# AI98038
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (2014) illustrated, p. 39 (fig. 60), 324-325 (no. 2); BIB# 139598
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (2014) illustrated, p. 39 (fig. 60), 324-325 (no. 2); BIB# 139598
Escort Guide to the Galleries (2013) illustrated, p. 38, bottom; BIB# 134015
Escort Guide to the Galleries [V4/2013] (2013) illustrated, p. 40, bottom; BIB# 134856
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 108-109; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 108-109; BIB# 135965
Art Deco Complete (2009) illustrated, p. 200, lower right; BIB# 112328
American Art Deco (1986) illustrated BIB# 31352
Case regarding Wanamaker (1938) p. 125-131;