Sculpture of the week (November 19th, 2019)

Sullivanesque panel, after historic artifacts once on the James W Scoville building, Chicago.

I am excited to offer this interesting  Sullivanesque 1884 design after the artifacts that were connected to  Adler & Sullivan, George Elmslie, Kristian Schneider, and  once installed on the James W Scoville building in Chicago.

Those involved in creating the original 1884 Chicago design are said to have included;

Dankmar Adler
Louis Sullivan
George Grant Elmslie
Kristian Schneider

Significance: The James W. Scoville factory building, designed by Adler & Sullivan contains three different designs belonging to the transitional period (1880 and 1890) of  Louis Sullivan’s architectural ornament. This structure was the best and most ornamental of all the few remaining factory buildings by Adler & Sullivan.

Some of the original historic artifacts that were salvaged from the 1973 demolition are in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and were gifted by the Metropolitan Museum,  a set of three of these artifacts appears in the St Louis Art Museum’s web site of their holdings.


The  artist working on the master clay model of this design from photos and known measurements


How the original artifacts were originally used on the Scoville building’s facade

The picture above is from a HABS study done before the building was demolished, three of these designs were installed together under the window sills on one floor.

One of my interior cast stone casts in the aged buff yellow finish shown above, the mold for casting was taken directly from the original clay model

SIZE: Nominal 21-1/4″ high by 13″ wide, 3″ deep.
WEIGHT:Nominal #35
There is also a hand-pressed, kiln fired red terracotta version available;

The terracotta version  is;

Nominal 11-3/4″ wide
Nominal 19″ high
Nominal 4-1/2″ deep

Weight: 35#

To purchase the fired terracotta version, the link is here;