Rotary Glass Plates (Precision Optics) formerly titled as, Revolving Glass Machine Artist: Marcel Duchamp (American, born France, 1887–1968)


Modern and Contemporary Art

Not on view

Painted glass, iron, electric motor, and mixed media (largest blade damaged in 2007 and replaced by facsimile in 2011)


65 1/4 × 62 × 38 in. (165.7 × 157.5 × 96.5 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Collection Société Anonyme

Accession Number



20th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Société Anonyme Collection, by 1941; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1941
  • Wilfried Wang and Peter Adam, eds., O'Neil Ford Monograph 7: E.1027, Eileen Gray (Austin: University of Texas at Austin, 2018), 60, ill
  • Ketevan Kintsurashvili, David Kakabadzé: Georgian Modern Artist and Inventor (New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2013), 132
  • Leo Villareal, Leo Villareal (Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2010), ill
  • Héctor Olea and Mari Carmen Ramírez, Building on a construct : the Adolpho Leirner collection of Brazilian constructive art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2009), 192, ill
  • Lars Blunck, Duchmaps Präzisionsoptik (Munich: Silke Schreiber, 2008), 41, ill
  • Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, The Pinocchio Effect: On Making Italians (1860–1920) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007),
  • Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 192, ill
  • Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 125, fig. 121
  • Robert L. Herbert, Eleanor S. Apter, and Elise K. Kenney, The Société Anonyme and the Dreier Bequest at Yale University: A Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1984), 235, no. 234, ill
  • Pontus Hulten, The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age, exh. cat. (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1968), 103, ill
  • Collection of the Société Anonyme: Museum of Modern Art 1920 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1950), 148-50, ill
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Inscribed in paint on front of foremost support crossbar, below aapex: AV DEV; stenciled on wood above the engine: AR

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