Sleeping Ariadne

Discobulus

Bust of Juno

Plaster Cast Collection

Scroll to browse highlights on view in the ICAA Cast Hall, including pieces deaccessioned from The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as the Dick Reid Teaching Collection.

In 2004, the Metropolitan Museum of Art deaccessioned a historic collection of 120 plaster casts. The Metropolitan Museum of Art identified the ICAA as an appropriate steward of this significant collection due to the organization’s ongoing efforts to perpetuate the classical tradition in architecture and the related arts. The collection of plaster casts represents rare, high artistry in the craft of mold making and casting, and is an invaluable part of an education in traditional architecture and the allied arts. The ICAA uses the cast collection as a visual teaching aid, enabling students to view and draw from the finest examples of classical elements from masterpieces abroad. Read a brief history of the plaster cast collection.

Dick Reid is one of the world’s leading architectural artisans and restored numerous Medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment-era buildings in and outside of London, including the Somerset House, Windsor Castle, and the Spencer House. In 2005, Mr. Reid retired and donated the items in his shop, some of which are also visible on this page, to be used as a visual teaching aid for the ICAA.

The Plaster Cast Hall is possible thanks to the generous support of Flower Construction, Foster Reeve & Associates, and Seth Weine.

The ICAA would like to thank the following Cast Hall donors for their transformational support:

Alexa Hampton, in memory of Mark Hampton

Mackin Architects, PLLC

Peter Pennoyer Architects


Visiting the Collection

Highlights of the plaster cast collection are on view in the ICAA’s Cast Hall by appointment. School groups are encouraged to visit. Please email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 × 115 to arrange a visit. 

Admission to view the collection is free. Please consider making a donation to support the collection and the ICAA's educational initiatives.

Spencer House Palm Room chimney piece "A"
Miscellany

This is a cast squeeze of a chimneypiece of Hesiod.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

23 1/4 x 11 x 5 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Various patterned railing supports
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

28 x 3 x 3 in. each (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Crown molding detail "B"
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

3 x 36 x 2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Crown molding detail "C"
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

3 x 36 x 2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Moldings
Miscellany

Top to bottom: Exterior Molding in Pine; Chimney centerpiece Spencer House; Unknown.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

about 3 x 40 x 1 in. each (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Fragment Of A Fluted Column From The Tuileres Palace
Miscellany

This cast is a column capital from Tuileres Palace in Paris. On the left side is a metal impression with "L. Mathivet Mouler Paris, Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs". Impressed in the plaster is the number 266. The cast was purchased for The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection from the Parisian maker L. Mathivet.

Provenance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dimensions

42 1/2 in.

Location:

20 West 44th Street