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The Art of Jewelry

Patrick Mauriès, Évelyne Possémé

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A glorious selection of floral jewelry drawn from the magnificent holdings at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

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Flowers have long been a source of inspiration for jewelers, many of whom have sought to capture their transient beauty in glittering gemstones and precious metals. In the 17th and 18th centuries, flowers were imitated in enamel or used as motifs for elaborate gemstone bodice ornaments. Brooches, pendants and rings took the form of bouquets or flower baskets. The stylized blooms of the Empire style were followed by the highly naturalistic blossoms of the later 19th century. Flowers continued to flourish in the sinuous shapes of Art Nouveau, the geometric designs of Art Deco and the sculptural simplicity of modernism, with great artists including René Lalique and Georges Fouquet constantly reworking nature’s forms for their style-conscious clientele.

Now, contemporary designers such as Claude Lalanne, Lorenz Bäumer and JAR continue to create floral jewelry for today’s trendsetters. The floral pieces in this book have all been selected from the magnificent jewelry collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and range from the 17th century to the present day. Beautifully photographed by renowned photographer Jean-Marie del Moral, these intricate works of art 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: 112

Publication date: 12 January 2017

ISBN: 9780500519424

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 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

List of Contributors

Jean-Marie del Moral

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