"Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age" The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 73, no. 3 (Winter, 2016)

Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney and Nicholas C. Vincent with Moira Gallagher (2016)

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The most sumptuous moment in America's Gilded Age is revealed through the work of some of its most noted design firms in "Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age." The centerpiece of the three-part exhibition is the opulent Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room from the New York City house commissioned by art collector and philanthropist Arabella Worsham (later Huntington; ca. 1850-1924). A complete work of art, with its elaborate woodwork and decorations, it is a rare surviving commission by the New York-based cabinetmaker and interior decorator George A. Schastey (1839-1894), who is the subject of the second part of the exhibition.

An adjoining gallery displays works by Schastey's best-known competitor, Herter Brothers, which were created for the firm's most important commission, the William H. Vanderbilt House. In total, the exhibition includes more than three dozen examples of furniture from America's Gilded Age.