I’m a bit of a gilt man, which makes this mirror that I bought for $5,000 a bit rare.
But if you’ve ever been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Guggenheim, you know how precious these gems are.
And the Metropolitan’s gilt-minted mirrors are just a small part of a collection of more than 150 million mirrors, sculptures, and other objects in the collection.
They’re all in one room, which means I don’t have to walk through the museum for hours every day to see them.
“The Metropolitan Museum’s gilded mirror collection has become an iconic, globally recognized artifact,” says curator Michael McBride, of the Gilding Museum of the American Art, who is leading the collection’s preservation.
“It’s a very important collection that will be around for a very long time.”
The Metropolitan’s collection is comprised of thousands of mirrors and sculptures that date from the 1800s through the 20th century, when gilding became a popular technique in the United States.
The museum has more than 4,000 mirrors in its collection, and the gilders, makers, and makers’ societies that made them all are housed in a separate building on the grounds of the Metropolitan.
I walked into the museum on a sunny day in May and was met by a large display of mirrors, a few sculptures, a small display of sculptures, an array of lamps, and a small collection of gilder and lamp-makers’ supplies.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a single piece of glass with the words, “Gilded mirror from the Metropolitan of New York City.”
And it’s not the first time that the Metropolitan has displayed its gildery.
In 2015, the museum made a series of sculptures that commemorated the museum’s 150th anniversary.
I was surprised to see a few pieces of glass from the 1920s and ’30s, too.
McBride says the Metropolitan plans to preserve the gilded mirrors in the museum in a permanent collection, but he won’t reveal their exact location.
“We are a museum of the gilt,” he says.
“So this museum is just like the gilda in the old movie, Gilda.
It’s not a gilded, antique mirror.
It is a piece of history.”
The Gilders and Lampmakers’ Society of America was founded in 1792, and it’s one of the oldest and largest makers of glassware in the world.
It has more artifacts from the era than any other museum, and has its own museum in New York.
According to the society’s website, the Society of Gildery was founded to help craft glass, as well as other metals, to be used in the jewelry, glassware, and metalwork of the world’s wealthy.
In 2017, the Metropolitan commissioned an exhibit that chronicles the history of gilt and lampmaking.
A few of the objects that will become part of the museum include a glass mirror from 1904 that was the first one created at the Metropolitan; a small gilt plate from the 1900s; a glass lamp from 1913; a large mirror from 1915; and a glass sphere from 1917.
And a glass globe from 1930, the first gildered globe in the country.
The Museum of Glass and Glassworks at the Met, like many museums around the world, displays its collections on an exhibition, and one of its exhibits includes a glass plate from an antique gilded and gilded glassware workshop in the 1920-20s.
In the museum, the glass plate was created by Charles H. Kasten, a glassmaker and glassware maker who died in 1892.
The Metropolitan has donated a number of objects to the museum over the years, including some gildering and lampmaker’s supplies from the 18th and 19th centuries, including the lamps from the 1850s, the lamps for the early lamps in the 1880s, and more.
“There are some really rare artifacts,” McBride explains.
“One of them is a very rare and beautiful glass sphere, and we’ve donated that to the Museum of Science and Industry, and they have it on display.”
There’s also a glass pan and a rare, beautifully carved silver pan from the 19th century.
The Smithsonian Institution’s Gilder Glass Gallery is another museum that’s dedicated to collecting and preserving the girders and lampmakers’ tools.
It also includes a collection that includes lamps and lamps, a collection from the mid-19th century that includes the lamps of the 1820s, a silver pan, a rare glass plate, and two silver candlesticks.
There are other rare items that also go on display at the museum.
McBride points out that the glass sphere has been on display since 2003, when it was discovered in a jar of glass at a