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Iconic photos of a changing city, and commentary on our Collections & Exhibitions from the crew at MCNY.org

Category Archives: Furniture and Decorative Arts

Frequently Asked Questions for Rights & Reproductions

We receive many inquiries at the Museum of the City of New York regarding rights and reproductions for objects in our collections. Below are some frequently asked questions and responses. … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · 4 Comments

Frequently Asked Questions for the Collections Department

We receive many reference inquiries here at the Museum of the City of New York, primarily through our research email (research@mcny.org). The Museum makes every effort to answer questions directly … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Conserving the Rufus King Traveling Medicine Chest

The New York City of statesman and diplomat Rufus King (1755-1827) was a grim place. Disease crippled the city, with its rampant overcrowding and meager sanitation. And despite their stature, the … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Alexander Hamilton’s “sweet project”: The Grange

Now that Alexander Hamilton has been restored as one of the most talked-about New Yorkers (including his story’s place as Broadway’s best new musical in the 2016 Tony Awards sweep), … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

How a Colonial Relic Became a Civil War Memento: Tracing Object History in the Silver Collection

Over the course of digitizing the Museum’s silver collection, we’ve come across many objects with storied histories, but not many can weave a historical path through our collection with the … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Conserving and Photographing the Silver Collection

The digitization of the Museum of the City of New York’s silver collection has progressed steadily since our last blog post highlighting presentation pieces in the collection. There are now … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Announcing the digitization of the City Museum’s silver collection

In the City Museum’s Silver Collection you’ll find objects made, owned, or sold in the city of New York, such as domestic and presentation hollowware, flatware, and costume accessories. The … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Alexander Jackson Davis Gothic Revival Chair

An iconic example of Gothic Revival furniture, a chair (MCNY 35.257.67) designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892), is one of the highlights of the Museum’s furniture collection. It was designed … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

Cleopatra’s Needle

An obelisk, one of antiquity’s most enduring forms, is celebrating its 133rd year in New York City as the subject of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Later … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Harry Harkness Flagler House Chandelier

Object conservation presents an opportunity to learn about aspects of an object’s history that cannot always be revealed by researching secondary sources.  Conservation done for the re-installation of a chandelier … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Duncan Phyfe Center Table

This Empire center table (36.160) featuring a painted tondo (circular composition) on its top is one of the highlights of the Museum of the City of New York’s furniture collection.  … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · 4 Comments

Brinckerhoff Secretary

In preparation for the third and final phase of the renovation of the Museum of the City of New York’s landmark building, Collections staff de-installed New York Interiors: Furnishings for … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

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