Sponsor a Rosette
Help Fund the Restoration of the 10th Anniversary Gates
Mother’s Day, 2014 marks the 25th Anniversary of the dedication of the Metal Museum’s beloved 10th Anniversary Gates.
honor this special occasion, the Museum is cleaning, restoring and
sprucing up the gates and all 331 rosettes - and will FINALLY publish a
catalog, documenting the history and artistry of the most photographed
object in the Museum’s collection.
Sponsorships start at $100 and will include a copy of the 10th
Anniversary Gates catalog and an invitation to the re-dedication party.Call 901.774.6380 for more details, or
For generously sponsoring the restoration of the 10th Anniversary Gates, the Metal Museum extends a special thanks to
10th Anniversary Gates
Metalsmiths from around the world
contributed samples of their work to the Anniversary Gates. The
rosettes, typically about the size of a doorknob, show an incredible
range of personal statements about the individual artist's interests,
national pastimes and sometimes whimsical design motifs. Most visitors
to the Museum spend much time examining the Anniversary Gates and their
fabulous assemblage of mounted rosettes. Funds were raised from various
sources to complete the gates. Bryan Systems, Inc. later donated the automatic gate opener and access control that makes the gates both beautiful and functional.
Read "Anvil's Ring" article by James A. Wallace.
Features and Dimensions
- Height: 16 feet
- Width: 15 feet, 6 inches
- Weight: Two sections of 1,700 pounds each
- Material: Forged steel and
scrollwork frame finished in black with 23k gold leaf. Decorative
rosettes are in a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
- Style: Renaissance, with
repetition of a classic "S" scroll set in heavy framework, with each
scroll terminating in two individualized rosettes. The rosettes are the
metalsmiths' personal statements and take many forms, including fish,
tableware, tools and musical instruments. Artists from around the world
contributed the rosettes. Featured countries include Australia,
Canada, Czechoslovakia, England, Finland, France, Germany (including
both the former East Germany and West Germany), Greece, Ireland, Italy,
Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, United States of America
- Chief Designer: Richard Quinnell, Ltd., Surrey, England
- Dedication: Mothers Day, Sunday, May 14, 1989
- Occasion: Observance of the 10th Anniversary of the National Ornamental Metal Museum's opening, which was Feb. 2, 1979.
- Number of Metalsmiths Who Contributed Rosettes: Nearly 200
- Number of Rosettes: 360 places, 331 completed
- Number of Scrolls: 192
- Number of Persons Who Have Passed Through Gates: 672,000