Museum offers unique gifts

By November 20, 2012

The Museum Stores at the de Young and Legion of Honor offer one-stop shopping to find the perfect gifts for everyone.

The Holiday Gift Guide 2012 showcases a wide range of unique items and museum exclusives, such as merchandise inspired by exhibitions at the museums this season, including The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism, Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette, Reflections: Celebrating 50 Years of the Studio Glass Movement, Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance, and Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis.

The gift guide is also featured in a virtual flip book and items are available for purchase online at Museum members receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases. Every purchase helps support the collections and exhibitions of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Artful gifts for her

Alexis Bittar Bracelets — Designed by 2010 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) award-winner Alexis Bittar, this show-stopping jewelry collection is made with Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, and carved, hand-painted Lucite. Available in six styles.

Maruca Handbags — Made in the USA with hand-sewn woven jacquard, these stylish and practical bags are ideal for the girl on the go. Available in three styles.

Arabesque Earrings — California jewelry artist, Mashka, designed these 18k gold-fill and vermeil earrings with semi-precious stones drawing inspiration from costumes worn by Rudolf Nureyev in his legendary ballets. Available in three styles. FAMSF exclusive.

Artful gifts for the home

Pewabic Pottery — Pewabic Pottery was founded in 1903 by Mary Chase Perry (later Mary Chase Perry Stratton) and her partner, Horace Caulkins, at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement in America. Today, Pewabic Pottery is a multifaceted institution with education, exhibition, museum, and fabrication programs and produces heirloom quality pottery in both reproductions and adaptations of its historic designs. Available in three styles.

Magic Sands Glass — Using traditional glass-blowing techniques, California artist Peter Vizzusi hand-forms unique vessels and functional glassware. With an appreciation for the inherent properties of the molten glass, he adds rich color, texture, and iridescence to enhance these natural qualities. Lead-free. Dishwasher safe. Available in four styles.

Inlaid Wood Tabletop — Handcrafted in Kalona, Iowa by husband and wife woodworkers, Joel and Karma Brokaw, this distinctive collection highlights the natural beauty of wood variations through the use of inlay. Pieces include coasters, napkin holders, and trivets.

Artful gifts for kids

Modern Jumble Nesting Blocks — This vividly-hued set by San Francisco outfit Petit Collage includes 10 nesting and stacking blocks featuring a modern take on shapes, numbers, and counting. Made with recycled materials and vegetable-based inks. For ages 2 and up.

Archiville Construction Set — Build ever-changing city sceneries in any way you choose with this 85-piece set including buildings, roads, mountains and more. Made from recycled cardboard. For ages 6 and up.

Pantone: Box of Color: 6 Mini Board Books — Peek through the variety of holes in each page to see Pantone tints and shades in this set of six mini board books. For ages 1 and up.

Artful gifts for the book lover

“Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance” — This  exhibition catalogue presents Nureyev’s extraordinary ballet costumes and career, recalling key dates and performances with more than 200 photographs in color and black-and-white. With bilingual text in English and French, this hardcover  book is published in a special edition for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco by the Centre national du costume de scène in Moulins, France.

“Hopper” — Published for a retrospective at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid and the Grand Palais in Paris, this hardcover volume covers both Edward Hopper’s formative years from approximately 1900 to 1924, and the years from 1925 onwards, examining a selection of sketches, paintings, drawings, illustrations, prints and watercolors.

Upcoming exhibition-related products

Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette
Legion of Honor, Nov. 17 to March 17 — The exhibition catalogue examines the full breadth of decorative arts in 17th- and 18th-century France from the Musée du Louvre’s extraordinary Département des Objets d’Art, offering readers copious views into the splendor of the French royal court. The catalogue is hardcover, 176 pages, and published by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Gobelins Mosaic Scarf — This 100 percent silk square scarf features the design from Louis XIV’s Gobelins mosaic tabletop. It is a FAMSF exclusive.

Atelier Cameo Necklace — California artist Stefanie Freydont designed this stunning fossilized ivory cameo and freshwater pearl multi-strand necklace with toggle clasp.

Beveled Royal Boxes — Inspired by 16th-century French jewelry chests, these handmade glass and brass treasure boxes are ideal for storing small trinkets and keepsakes. Available in five styles.

Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, de Young, Jan. 26 to June 2 — The accessories from this exhibition  including a tote, cosmetic case, and folding umbrella, celebrate the timeless beauty of Vermeer’s renowned masterpiece. They are  FAMSF exclusives.

The exhibition catalogue guides readers through the highlights of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis’ magnificent collection. Featuring 35 masterpieces of portraiture, landscape, genre painting, history painting, and still life, each work is accompanied by text illuminating its context and significance. This hardcover book of 144 pages is a FAMSF publication.

Mauritshuis China Collection — Decorate your tabletop with artfully elegant bone china plates, mugs, and boxes highlighting details from Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and Adriaen Coorte’s Still Life with Five Apricots. The collection is a FAMSF exclusive.

Give the gift of art with the all-inclusive Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Gift Card. Available in either de Young or Legion of Honor versions, the cards can be loaded with any denomination and can be redeemed at both the de Young and the Legion of Honor for museum admission, membership fees and purchases at all museum stores and cafés.

The de Young Museum Store located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, is open Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. The Legion of Honor Museum Store is located at 100 34th Ave. and Clement Street in Lincoln Park in San Francisco, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The stores are closed on Monday. To shop online visit

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