A Gilded Age Dressing Table


I was just looking through the exhibition catalogue Gilded New York: Design, Fashion, and Society, edited by Donald Albrecht and Jeannine Falino (published in 2013, so it’s fairly recent!), and I wanted to share this photograph of an arrangement evoking a “Lady’s Dressing Table.” It includes a glass flask in the shape of a swan (1885-1910, retailed by the jeweler Theodore B. Starr), a dance card with a mother-of-pearl cover, a decorative vial of smelling salts, and a sapphire brooch from Tiffany & Company. The stunning silver scent bottles, dated 1886, were also created by Tiffany.

All objects come from the collections of the Museum of the City of New York.


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