Yesterday, we strolled up Fifth Avenue and visited the new show “Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age,” at the Met. I have always had a special place in my heart for the American Aesthetic Movement, which celebrated a sumptuous moment in the history of American design. It is from my teacher and mentor Marilyn Johnson, former curator of decorative arts at the American Wing, that I have learnt to love this intimate and glamorous movement that flourished in New York during the 1880s. It came to address the needs for luxury of those seeking to distance themselves from the industrialization of the decorative arts during Victorian Age. In the 80s, she curated the legendary exhibition “In Pursuit of Beauty,” which brought to light in the most academic scholarly way this American Movement which was an offshoot of the British counterpart. This remarkable exhibition highlights the contribution of New York City-based two decorating firms, George A. Schastey, and the Herter Brothers, both regularly employed by the American rising industry tycoons. The show comes to celebrate a special installation of the dressing room (above) from the home of Arabella Worsham, wife of the railroad tycoon Collis P. Huntington, at 4 West 54th Street. She commissioned George A. Schastey to decorate her home in the latest fashionable style of the Aesthetic movement, which was the first to celebrate the marriage of art and design, and which has recently lost its cachet when 20th-century design has moved to the forefront of discussions. She only lived in this mansion for a couple of years, before selling it to John D. Rockefeller, who left it to the Museum of the City of New York after his death in 1937; it is today a part of the collection of the Met.