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Equal parts Dallas hotel and museum, Hilton Anatole houses an extensive collection of art and antiques – the largest ever assembled in an American hotel. This unique collection includes pieces that have graced the palaces of kings, emperors and czars. Hilton Anatole offers Dallas visitors the opportunity to admire these exotic treasures.
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Built in 1961 at the height of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall stood for nearly thirty years as a hated symbol of oppression. Until 1990, the wall cut through 192 streets, shutting East Berlin and East Germany off from the West. By 1991, the Wall was almost completely demolished. A few larger segments were donated to museums or sold. The two segments on display at Hilton Anatole hotel, each 12 feet high and four foot wide, feature images and text painted by Berlin graffiti artist, Jurgen Grosse, known as 'Indiana'.
More than 40 pieces of Wedgwood porcelain embellish the foyer of the Wedgwood Room. Joseph Wedgwood was an 18th century English potter, whose works are among the finest examples of ceramic art. During his long career, Wedgwood developed revolutionary ceramic materials, notably basalt and Jasperware. Although the rosso antico teapot and basalt vase with bronze and gilt detail in this collection are unusual, the rarest piece is the 1885 covered vase in blue and white Jasperware. Nearly five feet tall, this monumental object is the largest recorded Wedgwood Jasperware vase in the world.
This spectacular hand-painted gold-and-enamel plate by Su Wan Sheng is one of the largest porcelain creations in the world. Measuring more than seven feet tall and weighing 650 pounds, it was created at the Quanfu Ceramic Factory in China's Guangdong Province. This beautiful and monumental work – measuring more than seven feet in diameter – stands at the entrance to the Hilton Anatole's West Wing.
Two life-sized elephants stand eight feet tall, and weigh three tons each, outside the hotel's Chantilly Ballroom. They were placed there in Hilton honor of the Republican National Convention hosted at the hotel in 1984. Each elephant was carved from single pieces of 12-foot diameter monkey god trees by artisans in the Golden Triangle region of Thailand, near the Laotian border.
As you make your way to Anatole Park you'll find The Gossips, gesturing and engaging in conversation in front of the bar/lounge named after them. These life-sized bronze statues were cast by contemporary Danish artist Bjorn Winblad. Full of stories to tell, the figures have graced the Tower lobby of the Hilton Anatole since 1984.
This beautiful study of a female bronze Buddha was fashioned in gilt-bronze. Seen in repose on a rectangular throne, with her finely detailed monastic robe and heavy-lidded inlaid eyes, she has been welcoming guests since 2001, and currently reclines in the Anatole's Sales and Marketing Center.
These magnificent jade horses were commissioned for the hotel in 1978. While shown in a state of repose, each horse varies slightly. These impressive sculptures are eighteen inches wide, and hand-crafted in exquisite jade.
This spectacular screen is a beautiful example of modern Yangzhou lacquerware, modeled after ancient designs of the Tang dynasty. 518 - 907 AD. The screen depicts 'the garden, full of the vigor of springtime', with flowers in bloom, golden pheasants and a majestic peacock. The artisans have captured intricate detail with inlays of ivory, mother of pearl, coral and semi-precious stones, including jade, agate, malachite lapis and amethyst.
This screen with its unified design, breathtaking colors and painstaking detail, was hailed as a masterpiece at China's Arts and Crafts Exhibition in 1978.