A grand gift idea: the art of the museum shop

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December 21, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff

Because of incorrect information provided by the Baltimore Museum of Art, Sunday's Homefront column reported that the Grand Design exhibition shop is open today. In fact, the shop is closed today but open tomorrow, Christmas Eve, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Sun regrets the error.

At this point in the holiday shopping season the malls are packed and it's late to be ordering from catalogs unless you're willing to pay premium shipping prices. So Baltimore's newest museum shop should be a happy alternative for last-minute shoppers. It has more than 1,000 items -- many of them one of a kind.

When the Baltimore Museum of Art's much-heralded show "A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum" opened, so did its largest-ever exhibition shop. Four rooms are devoted to items related to Victorian decor, William Morris-inspired wares like tiles and china, a whole section of tea paraphernalia, linens, textiles, frames, books, paper products and much more. You can spend from 70 cents for a postcard to $1,600 for a reproduction of a William Morris tapestry.


Much of the merchandise is only peripherally connected to the exhibit, but there are five works of art from "A Grand Design" available in reproduction: the "Chrysanthemum Vase" from Japan's Meiji period; "Head of a Jade Horse" from the Han Dynasty, China; "Head of the Buddha" from the fourth-fifth century, Afghanistan; "Nandi, Shiva's Sacred Bull" from the late 16th-17th century, India; and "Griffin Ewer" from the 12th-century Mosan region (modern-day Belgium).

The museum has extended hours for the holidays, starting with 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. It's closed Monday as usual but open Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Christmas Eve, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pub Date: 12/21/97

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