The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler
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Verdura by Patricia Corbett
Book DescriptionFew jewelry designers of the 20th century had the flair and creativity of Fulco di Verdura (full name Fulco Santostefano della Cerda, Duke of Verdura). His fascinating career took him from Paris to Los Angeles and eventually New York, where he was patronized by the rich and famous, who found his flamboyant neo-Baroque style exactly what they wanted. Cole Porter and his wife Linda, Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo, among others, were his devoted admirers, as were many of Society's movers and shakers, including the Duchess of Windsor, Diana Vreeland and Mona Bismarck, who not only collected his brilliant confections but were pleased to entertain him at their dinner tables and in their country homes. Patricia Corbett expertly discusses and evaluates Verdura's jewelry designs in this lavish volume, the first monograph on this master jeweler. She has been given access to all Verdura's archives and to many of his surviving patrons in order to recreate both his personal and his professional life. Wonderful colour photography of the jewelry, as well as atmospheric historical photographs of the celebrities who adored Verdura's work, vividly trace his development over more than 25 years of
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780500510827
(303mm x 225mm x mm)
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Fulco di Verdura was one of the outstanding jewelers of the 20th century. This book analyses and evaluates Verduras jewelry designs. It features historical photographs of the celebrities who were his ardent fans. It also shows the range and glittering beauty of his highly original pieces.
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Author Biography - Patricia Corbett
Patricia Corbett is the author of Fabrics and one-time European editor of The Connoisseur. Her articles have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Atlantic Monthly, Conde Nast Traveller and the New York Times.
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