20131218-131207.jpgThere is a set of chandeliers in the Met’s auditorium that look a bit like giant spiky snowflakes or starbursts – a big one in the center and a ring of smaller ones that retract up when the action begins. Turns out they were made by J. & L. Lobmeyr here in Vienna back in the 1960s; they were a gift from the Austrian government in thanks for American aid after the Second World War. The Lobmeyr company is still around. They have a shop and on the third floor is a little “museum” which is probably more interesting if you know more than I do about glass, but it does include a little replica of one of the Met starbursts.

This little gem can be yours if you have a few thousand euros burning a hole in your pocket. I decided to hold off for the moment.