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Mystery is a word beloved of PR agents and press officers, chosen to pique public interest and exhibition attendance. In the case of The Silver Caesars: a Renaissance Mystery, though, the terminology is apt. This small show at New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art is formed of a set of 12 silver-gilt tazze or table ornaments that first appeared in 1826, with no history.

At the time, it was believed they had been made by Cellini and the set was soon broken up at least half of it ended up in the Rothschild family collections at one time or another. No fewer than 11 scholars have contributed essays to the exhibition catalogue, and the consensus now seems to be that the set was probably made at the end of the 16th century for a member of the Habsburg dynasty.

But little more is known about the tazze, hence the mystery. The subject is suitably imperial for a Habsburg: emerging from each tazza is a foot-tall sculpturethe set depicts Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors above a quadripartite dish, supported by a classical pedestal, that illustrates scenes from the depicted Caesars life. Made entirely of silver, the tazze were gilded in the late 19th century. Most are in private collections, which makes this exhibition a rare chance to see the set in its entirety. The show will travel to Waddesdon Manor in the UK next year.

The Silver Caesars: a Renaissance Mystery, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 12 December- 11 March 2018.

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Mr. Stevens said the idea for ornaments had come to him just after he returned from a giftware fair in Frankfurt, where shoes had been represented everywhere, whether on porcelain plates or as ceramic pillboxes. A book on shoes had just been published. ”A shoe thing was definitely happening,” he said.

Miniatures were also in abundance at the show, especially in the form of chairs, houses, bicycles and boxes. Mr. Stevens said, however, that the museum had never sold such miniatures in its shops because they could stock only items that related to its collection. But he had a hunch: miniature shoes based on the choicest examples in the museum’s Costume Institute might work as Christmas tree ornaments.

”Tree ornaments had always been a struggle at the museum,” Mr. Stevens said. The stars, snowflakes and handpainted glass balls sold there were based on print images owned by the museum.

The shoes went on sale in July 1997, and within months, they had to be reordered to meet the Christmas demand. By the end of the year, sales of the ornaments were booming, and copies were appearing from other manufacturers.

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