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The Jeweled Menagerie : The World of Animals in Gems - Suzanne Tennenbaum

The Jeweled Menagerie

The World of Animals in Gems


Published: 1st June 2007
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Showcases the most spectacular examples of animal motifs in jewelry by master jewelers from America and Europe.
The depiction of animals in art goes back to prehistoric cave paintings; and the early history of jewelry, from ancient Egyptian scarabs to Renaissance pendants, shows abundant examples of animal imagery.
In the nineteenth century a new group of designers, seeking to satisfy the growing middle class's appetite for jewels, revived the Egyptian and Etruscan styles. Animals of all sorts were incorporated: birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and fish. Prominent houses such as Fouquet, Fontenay, Falize, Faberge, and Tiffany all produced a spectacular array of animal jewels that are much prized today. Design developments throughout the twentieth century--Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and those that followed--contributed impressive animal jewelry, from Lalique's intricate insects to Cartier's panthers, from Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels to the sophisticated imagery of Verdura.
This book examines in detail the denizens of this jeweled menagerie. Great imagination and technical skill have gone into the fashioning of these precious objects, which exhibit not only meticulous craftsmanship but also grace, humor, and refinement. Over 300 illustrations in color.

Introduction: From the Ancient Egyptians to the Renaissance; 1. The Nineteenth Century: Revivalist, Victorian, Edwardian; 2. Art Nouveau: Unrestrained Creativity - New Forms and Materials; 3. Art Deco: Geometricized Designs and Foreign Influences; 4. 1930s - '40s: Exuberant Use of Shapes and Gems; 5. 1950s - '60s: Dynamic, Adventurous Designs; 6. 1970s to the Present: Breaking New Ground - New Materials for a New Age.

ISBN: 9780500286739
ISBN-10: 0500286736
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st June 2007
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.06
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition