Since ancient times makers have adorned their most precious pieces with gold. Egyptians overlaid their sarcophagi with gold leaf. The Chinese enveloped pottery and textiles in gold. Greeks and Romans embellished their marble and wood with this precious metal.
The age-old craft of gilding has been practiced for centuries and it is these works, partnered with more modern and abstract paintings and textiles, that Alabama Chanin garnered inspiration for the Gilded Collection.
The golden hues in the works of art by Hilma af Klint, Adolph Gottlieb, and Patrick Scott, the rich metallic gold of sculpture Constantin Brancusi’s Maiastra, the gilded bronze mantel clock crafted by Jean-Baptiste Lepaute, and the stunning gilded fabrics and textiles of El Anatsui inspired the specialty fabric utilized throughout the Collection.