White House Tour - Grand Staircase

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Phillip Moulthrop

White Pine
Mosaic Bowl

Often used on ceremonial occasions, the Grand Staircase features portraits of 20th century Presidents. Atop a handsome table on one of the landings, a striking spherical bowl by Philip Moulthrop and an equally dynamic piece by Ronald Kent were displayed.

Both craftsmen use black for a dramatic effect in their work, just as the 19th century cabinet maker did to accentuate the legs and apron of the table. The strong symmetry of these two contemporary pieces complements the formal 1936 portrait of Woodrow Wilson by Frank Graham Cootes.