On December 15, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will unveil the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room at the exhibit “Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age.” The three-part exhibit includes the permanent installation of the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room, a special exhibition of works by George A. Schastey, and a gallery installation of the Herter Brothers’ works for the William H. Vanderbilt House.
George A. Schastey & Co., Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room, 1881-82.
The Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room, by George Schastey, is part of a larger commission originally intended for Arabella Worsham. The property was sold to John D. Rockefeller, who made minor changes. This installation provides a glimpse into the luxurious interiors found among New York’s elite in the late 1800s.
George A. Schastey operated one of the most successful decorating firms of the late-19th century. More of his works will be on display in the second portion of the exhibit, along with examples from rival firms of the time, such as Herter Brothers, Pottier & Stymus and Herts Brothers.
The third portion of the exhibit, completed in 1882, is an installation of the Herter Brothers’ works from the Vanderbilt House, their most important commission. The Met now owns the largest holdings of the brothers’ work for the Vanderbilt House.
A gallery installation of New York’s esteemed decorating firms of the Gilded Age will also be on display.
The exhibit will run through May 1, 2016. Learn more.