Friday, February 28, 2014


Bespoke admirers who appreciate design and history should catch the ongoing Gilded New York exhibit at MCNY.  The concise collection has fashion, room vignettes, lots of wallpaper and a nice collection of Tiffany jewelry from the era.  This East Harlem Museum facing Central Park is one of the best in the city.

Gilded New York at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century: LINK

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