"Forget the 1 percent. Consider them gracious and empathetic compared with the denizens of "Gilded New York" during two decades of excess from 1885 to 1905. This lavishly illustrated volume illuminates the mansions, costumes and other accouterments of the people whose philanthropy helped produce the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Opera, but whose self-indulgence also gave big money a bad name." --Sam Roberts, "The New York Times"
"The staggering sums spent on art at last week's auctions were interpreted by dealers and critics alike as evidence of a new Gilded Age. At such a moment, it may be useful to take a hard look at the old one, the late-19th-century period defined by the aggressive buying sprees of a few newly minted industrialists." --Karen Rosenberg, "The New York Times"
"Some of the greatest homes ever built in New York exist now only in archived photographs and memory. These were palace-like structures where young Astors, Vanderbilts, and Fricks would play--and barons of industry would relax in portrait-lined salons and under frescoed ceilings. Thanks to a new book, "Gilded New York," and parallel exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, newly resurrected images of these mansions are on display." --"Vanity Fair"
"At the turn of the 19th century, status was everything. New York high society was coming of age. Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, and other wealthy families fashioned their homes in the image of European aristocracy. Balls and dinner parties dominated the scene. "Gilded New York" showcases the lavish furnishings, clothing, and interiors of a new elite whose love of over-the-top style continues to influence our culture." --"Elle Decor
"Stunning photography of extravagant costumes and opulent locales transports the reader back into New York's glamorous Gilded Age of the late-19 century. This impressive 216-page volume delves into the elite world of Old Money, and is a must-have for any lover oshow more