DescriptionThe Museum’s 2014 Star Ornament is based on a decorative design in L’Ornement Polychrome, a book of chromolithographs in the Museum’s collection, originally published in Paris in 1869. The basis for our star ornament is an interlaced design taken from a color plate of Middle Eastern geometric motifs.
The Museum’s 2014 Snowflake Ornament is based on the medallion upholstery on a French-style chaise gondole made in 1837 in the workshop of Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854).
Photo etched. Gift boxed with a protective velvet pouch.
Star: 18K gold overlay. Includes a gold ribbon for hanging. 3 1/4'' diam.
Snowflake: Silver overlay. Includes a silver ribbon for hanging. 3 1/8'' diam.
- Photo etched
- Gift boxed with a protective velvet pouch
- Star: 18K gold overlay. Includes a gold ribbon for hanging. 3 1/4'' diam.
- Snowflake: Silver overlay. Includes a silver ribbon for hanging. 3 1/8'' diam.
Art HistoryL’Ornement Polychrome is a vivid compendium by artist Albert Charles Auguste Racinet (French, 1825–1893), which presents some 2,000 patterns from cultures around the world, adapted from a wide variety of sources.
During the first four decades of the nineteenth century, Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854) was the acknowledged leader in the New York furniture trade. Renowned for his elegant Neoclassical designs and superior craftsmanship, Phyfe remains to this day America’s most famous cabinetmaker.