Bejewelled by Tiffany: 1837-1987

Bejewelled by Tiffany: 1837-1987

by Clare Phillips
     
 

This book is edited by Clare Phillips, Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with essays by a team of leading jewellery historians. Their essays chart the transformation of the modest New York store, under Louis Comfort Tiffany, into a world leader; its artistic flowering under Louis Comfort Tiffany and the re-establishment of Tiffany as a great,…  See more details below

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This book is edited by Clare Phillips, Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with essays by a team of leading jewellery historians. Their essays chart the transformation of the modest New York store, under Louis Comfort Tiffany, into a world leader; its artistic flowering under Louis Comfort Tiffany and the re-establishment of Tiffany as a great, international company following the Second World War. Full catalogue entries, all beautifully illustrated and many with specially commissioned photography, cover around two hundred pieces of jewellery dating from the 1850s to the 1980s.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title at the Gilbert Collection in London, this is an all-inclusive account of the house of Tiffany & Co. Essays by curators and jewelry historians look in detail at the house's rich history, especially its innovative role in jewelry design. Tiffany designs, say the contributors, reflect their times and have in turn influenced them, for instance, providing escapist images of glamour and wealth for struggling women during the Depression. The history of Tiffany's is as exciting as its jewels: in 1887, its agent in Paris dominated the auction of the French crown jewels, accounting for over a third of sales. Tiffany helped to define 20th-century glamour in the '20s, and then aided in redefining it after WWII. In the '70s, Elsa Peretti made Tiffany's fresh for and available to a wider public with sculptural shapes in gold and silver, and her famous "Diamonds by the Yard." The quality and breadth of the catalogue's images are only surpassed by the detailed captions, and it is all presented so flawlessly that one needn't be named Holly Golightly to appreciate it. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300116519
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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