Master Jewelers by A.Kenneth Snowman
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Master Jewelers
By A.Kenneth Snowman

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Master Jewelers by A.Kenneth Snowman

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Towards the end of the 19th century, the master jewelers of the Western world began to shed the 18th-century anonymity under which such artist-craftsmen had generally worked. They emerged as individual voices, discarding the bland, predictable standards of the earlier era in jewelry design in favour of evocative new creations. The renowned designers whose work is featured in this book can be instantly identified by their particular interests and discoveries. Carl Faberge emphasized originality of design and the quality of craftsmanship, rather than the intrinsic value of the materials used. Castellani is known for his nostalgic glances back at Etruscan gold work; Rene Lalique was irresistibly fascinated by the strange forms he adapted from nature. The searching, critical eye of a Cartier or a Boucheron lent chic to their beloved abstract patterns. In fifteen chapters each written by leading experts in the field, the world of fine jewelry, encompassing its social, aesthetic and business aspects from around 1850 to the present day, springs to life. The magnificent illustrations display extraordinary confections of gold, silver and platinum, gems cut and polished in every conceivable

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780500283868
ISBN-10: 0500283869
Format: Paperback
(303mm x 225mm x 25mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Eighteenth Century European Gold Boxes by A.Kenneth Snowman Eighteenth Century European Gold Boxes, Hardback (January 1999)

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Author Biography - A.Kenneth Snowman

A. Kenneth Snowman is Chairman of the London jewelers, Wartski. His many books include Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Paris and Carl Faberge, Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia.

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