(detail) Mother and Child (Baby Getting Up from His Nap) by Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise) ca. 1899. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, George A. Hearn Fund, 1909.
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Mum’s the Word!

Mother’s Day gift ideas so inspiring, you won’t want to wait until May 13

We can’t imagine anyone who deserves a special treat more than Mom. Discover some of our favorite gifts—and the art that inspired them—below.

French Teacups Collection Notecards

(left) Porcelain designs, anonymous, French, 19th Century ca. 1825-50. Watercolor, pen and ink. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, the Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1957. (right) The Met Store’s French Teacups Collection Notecards

 

Whether she drinks tea or coffee, Mom will be delighted to receive this whimsical notecard set, featuring six different teacup designs inspired by a charming set of 19th century French porcelain designs in The Met collection. The Museum is home to thousands of porcelain objects including desks, wall clocks, sconces, vases, and various tea and coffee services produced at the famous Sèvres manufactory and around the world, including a dazzling array of teacups. In particular, teacups feature some of the most ornate and intricate designs—which means they bring elegance to an everyday ritual.

 

Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Diana Sculpture

(left) Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire) 1893–94, cast 1894 or after. Bronze. 28 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 14 in. (71.8 x 41.3 x 35.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1985. (right) The Met Store’s Augustus Satin Gaudens Diana Sculpture

 

Remind Mom of the many wonders she performs with this striking sculpture reproduction of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s homage to the goddess Diana. Serving as a role model to women in ancient Rome, Diana represented the ideal woman: both maternal and loving while fiercely protective. While also regarded as unpredictable, Diana portrayed a fantastical and idealistic yet humanized deity representative of strength and beauty.

 

French Trellis Diamond Scarf

(left) Robe à la Française, 1775-1800. French. Silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1961. (right) The Met Store’s French Trellis Diamond Scarf

 

If fashion is her thing, this diamond-shaped scarf is a must for Mom. Designed for infinite styling opportunities, this scarf looks as elegant tied around the neck as it does on the wrist, accented with a glittering pin or tied around the handles of her handbag. Our designers were inspired by an 18th-century robe à la française in The Met collection—currently on view in gallery 899 as a part of Visitors to Versailles: 1682-1789 (through July 29, 2018). If you’re feeling inspired, take Mom to visit this exquisite example of 18th century dressmaking: A close-up look reveals miniature hand-made flowers and intricate lace that’s sure to captivate her.

 

Vincennes Floral Candle

(left) Cup with cover and saucer (gobelet à lait et soucoupe) Vincennes Manufactory (French, ca. 1740–1756), decorated by Louis-Jean Thévenet (père) (French, 1707–after 1778, active 1741–78), 1756. Soft-paste porcelain. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950. (right) The Met Store’s Vincennes Floral Candle

 

Mom is sure to light up if you gift her this candle, handcrafted and decorated in France by Bernardaud, a family-owned business since 1863. The swirling blue and floral pattern is inspired by a cup and saucer produced by the Vincennes Manufactory in 1756, and is produced using a process almost identical to one from 250 years ago. The candle itself features a delicate rose scent, and burns up to 60 hours.

 

Roman Amethyst Drop Earrings

(left) Earring with garnet 1st-3rd century A.D. Roman. Gold, garnet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, 1898. (right) The Met Store’s Roman Amethyst Drop Earrings

 

If jewelry is her jam, these amethyst earrings are sure to bring an artful touch to her everyday look. Inspired by an ancient Roman earring dating back to the 1st–3rd century A.D., our faithful reproduction features a 24k-gold overlay and is made in the USA. Because of their purple color, amethysts have been worn by royalty for thousands of years as a symbol of power. These stones are also associated with prosperity, purity, and the reduction of stress.

 

Versailles Fan Box

(left) Armchair (fauteuil à la reine) designed by Jacques Gondouin (1737–1818), produced by François II Foliot (1748–?1839, master 1773, retired 1786), carved by the workshop of Madame Pierre-Edme Babel, gilded by the workshop Marie-Catherine Renon, upholstered by Claude-François Capin (died 1789) 1779. French, Paris. Carved and gilded beech, modern silk lampas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1944. (right) The Met Store’s Versailles Fan Box

 

Perhaps Mom already has enough treasures—so this miniature porcelain box is a perfect place to stash jewelry or other small mementos. Inspired by the fan motif of an armchair designed to furnish Marie Antoinette’s grand cabinet at the château de Versailles, this box is sure to make her feel like royalty.

 

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