Gift Ideas for Museum Lovers

November 29, 2013 Updated: December 10, 2013

Give the art-lover in your life a thoughtful gift inspired by New York City’s most prominent art collections. There’s something for everyone, from aspiring little artists to the most sophisticated critic. 

Rosena Sammi Bangles 

 

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Ben Chasteen/Epoch Times

Rosena Sammi is a New York City-based lawyer-turned-jewelry-designer of Sri Lankan heritage. Her colorful jewelry is available at the Dahesh Museum of Art, which has an extensive collection of 19th and early 20th century academic art. Made in India. Turquoise Sea Bangles $77; Mango Bangles, $49.99. daheshmuseum.org

 

The Chinoiserie Silk Scarf

Courtesy of Frick Collection

Inspired by details from a chinoiserie ceiling on the second floor of the Frick mansion. The mural was painted by Alden Twachtman and installed in 1914. 100 percent silk, 34”x34”. Made in Lyon, France. $125. frickcollection.org

 

Assyrian Palace Guard Bookends

Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum

The great Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (ruled 883–859 B.C.) built a magnificent walled capital at Nimrud with monumental sculptures supporting and “guarding” palace doorways. Among these, a human-headed winged bull and lion are in the Museum’s collection. Set of 2, $125. store.metmuseum.org

 

Nordic Light Candleholder

Courtesy of Scandinavia House

Courtesy of Scandinavia House

Designed by Jonas Grundell for the Swedish design firm, Design House Stockholm, the Nordic Light candleholder has become a classic design icon around the world. $80 for the 4-arm model, $110 for the 7-arm model. scandinaviahouse.org

 

Festival Horse Toy 

Courtesy of Rubin Museum of Art

Made of sheep’s wool and inspired by the images from Tibetan paintings, carpets and sculptures, these toys are carefully handmade by Tibetan women in Lhasa and in the mountainous areas of Yunnan Province. $108. rmanyc.org

 

Camel Hair Pottery by Sue Adler

Courtesy of Rubin Museum of Art

A few strands of hair from a camel’s tail, from Mongolia, were used to design this pot. The artist donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the Wild Camel Protection Foundation, committed to save wild camels from extinction in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia. Pot is intended for decorative use only. 3″ high. $50. rmanyc.org

 

American Album Quilt Collection

Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum

Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum

Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum

A 19th-century album quilt in the Museum’s collection inspired this set. Cotton. Imported. Machine wash. Quilted throw comes with rod pocket for hanging. 60″ square. $175. Pillow covers. 20″ square. $30 each. store.metmuseum.org

 

METkids Art Box

Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum

Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum

Future painters will delight in this innovative collection. Includes 32 markers, 28 colored pencils, 24 oil pastels, 20 crayons, 2 drawing pencils, a drawing board, and more, all in a wooden box. Not for children under 3 years. $74.95. store.metmuseum.org

 

 

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