‘Guilded New York’ at the Museum of the City of New York is an ongoing exhibit showcasing how the One-Percenter’s of the late 19th Century collected and flaunted their wealth.
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. Jewelry cases hold accessories that would have been shown off at balls, operas and other society gatherings: diamond tiaras, fans made from the colorful plumage of exotic birds, gem-encrusted perfume bottles and bonbonnieres. The men’s items are no less extravagant: Sapphires and rubies adorn a pocketknife, and a cane has a secret compartment that opens to reveal a carved ivory figure of a female nude. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels.
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