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A Celestial Season

As the holidays begin, we’re drawing inspiration from the evening sky for a range of marvelous gifts and magical treasures

This year, we’re looking up.

Our holiday offering draws inspiration from the evening sky for gifts and motifs that teem with glittering jewels and star-covered accessories. Like us, artists across cultures and centuries have also been enthralled by the heavens, and many of their creations can be found throughout The Met collection. We’ve adapted a number of these otherworldly objects for an out-of-this-world selection of jewelry, textiles, ornaments, and more.

The Sword & the Stones

The exquisite guard of a sword from the The Met’s Department of Arms and Armor provides the motif for our suite of sparkling Ottoman Star jewelry. Featuring an antique silver finish and glittering Swarovski® crystals, the designs provide a glamorous finishing touch to any look.

Left: Saber with scabbard (detail). Grip, Indian, 18th or 19th century; guard and scabbard, Turkish, 19th century; blade, Iranian, dated A.H. 1099/A.D. 1688; decoration on blade, Turkish, 19th century. Steel, gold, silver, jade (nephrite), diamonds, emeralds, pearls; 39 1/4 in. long total. Gift of Giulia P. Morosini, in memory of her father, Giovanni P. Morosini, 1923 (23.232.2a, b). Right: Ottoman Star Antiqued Silver Pendant Necklace, $65–85, and Drop Earrings, $75–95

 

Moonfaced

This contemporary wristwatch expresses the stylish panache of a luxurious calendar watch made by Thomas Alcock, who was recorded as working in London in the 1630s. The watch’s dial with its evocative “man in the moon” on a starry background indicated the time of tides, mean solar time, phase of the moon, and day of the month.

Left: Calendar watch (detail). Watchmaker: Thomas Alcock (British). Outer case: leather-covered silver with silver piqué work; inner case: silver; Movement: gilt brass, steel, partly blued, and silver; diam. 1-3/4 in.; ca. 1650. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1470). Right: Celestial watch, $48

 

Constellation Creation

Bedecked with decorative constellations in the night sky—including the signs of the Zodiac and Pegasus—our silk twill square evokes a famous 1515 woodblock print by Albrecht Dürer. Dürer’s direct source was two richly decorated charts of the stars that were made in Nuremberg in 1503. The tradition of making celestial maps can be traced back to classical antiquity. This fanciful scarf honors that great legacy—stylishly.

Left: The Celestial Map–Northern Hemisphere (detail). Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528). Woodcut, 24 1/8 x 17 15/16 in., 1515. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1951 (51.537.1), Right: Dürer Celestial Map Scarf, $125

 

Of Stars & Spheres

Sure to intrigue any admirer, our spherical pendant necklace and earrings celebrate the starry skies seen in a wonderful set design for Mozart’s The Magic Flute. In the dramatic original print, the glittering blue dome of the Hall of Stars soars high overhead inside the dazzling palace of the Queen of the Night.

Left: Design for The Magic Flute: The Hall of Stars (detail). After Karl Friedrich Schinkel (German, 1781–1841), Karl Friedrich Thiele (German, 1780–1836). Published by Ludwig Wilhelm Wittich (German, 1773–1832). Aquatint printed in color and hand colored, 1847–49. The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1954 (54.602.1[14]). Right: Celestial Sphere Pendant Necklace, $195, and Drop Earrings, $175

 

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