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The Art of Jewelry

Patrick Mauriès, Évelyne Possémé


A glorious selection of jewelry based on the animal kingdom, drawn from the magnificent holdings at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

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The animal kingdom has been a source of inspiration for jewelers since the days of antiquity. Chosen for their symbolism, their beauty or their personality, a whole menagerie of creatures has been depicted in gemstones and precious metals, ranging from fantastical dragons, griffins and sphinxes, to wild beasts such as boars and big cats, to the delicate forms of birds, fish and even insects.

The 130 pieces in this book have been specially selected from the magnificent jewelry collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and include necklaces and earrings, bracelets and brooches by legendary names such as Boucheron, Falize and Lalique. They stretch from the Renaissance revival of the 19th century to the elegant lines of Art Nouveau and beyond, through to the playful naivety of modernist designs by Jean Lurçat and Line Vautrin.

Brimming with beautiful images by the renowned photographer Jean-Marie del Moral, this second title in the series that began with Flora: The Art of Jewelry is packed with clever and witty works of art that will delight all lovers of jewelry and nature.

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'Packed with clever and witty works of art that will delight all lovers of jewelry and nature'
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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 24.0 x 16.9 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 125

Publication date: 21 September 2017

ISBN: 9780500519981

Contents List

Introduction • Two essays by Évelyne Possémé and Patrick Mauriès • The jewelry

About the Author

Patrick Mauriès is a writer and publisher of many notable titles on fashion and design, including Jewelry by Chanel, A Cabinet of Rarities, The World According to Karl and Fashion Quotes to name a few, all published by Thames & Hudson.

Évelyne Possémé is Chief Curator, Art Nouveau-Art Deco and Antique and Modern Jewelry at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

List of Contributors

Jean Marie de Moral