The Jeweled Menagerie: The World of Animals in Gems

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"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, with the growth of a middle class eager to show off their recently acquired wealth, a new group of designers sought to satisfy the appetite for jewels of all types made of precious metals, precious or semi-precious stones, and enamel. There was a revival of Egyptian and Etruscan styles, in which animals of all sorts ...
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Overview

"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, with the growth of a middle class eager to show off their recently acquired wealth, a new group of designers sought to satisfy the appetite for jewels of all types made of precious metals, precious or semi-precious stones, and enamel. There was a revival of Egyptian and Etruscan styles, in which animals of all sorts were incorporated: birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and fish. The discovery of Japanese crafts also had an effect on the jewels that were created during the century. Prominent houses such as Fouquet, Fontenay, Falize, Faberge and Tiffany & Co. all produced a spectacular array of animal jewels that are much prized today." "Design developments from the turn of the century through the whole of the twentieth - 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 for the first time 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 grace and humor and refinement.
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Library Journal
Exquisite and delightful best describes this beautifully illustrated title highlighting the theme of animals in gems and jewelry. The text, by jewelry collector Tennenbaum and former Tiffany & Co. archivist Zapata, focuses on the historical background of various animal themes. Each of the six chapters highlights a different era from the 19th century to the present, with the introduction focusing on jewelry from ancient Egypt to the Renaissance. The magnificent illustrations and photographs, over 300 in full color, showcase the jewelry in various forms, including brooches, pins, necklaces, rings, and bracelets. Many of these creations were produced by such notable jewelry houses as Van Cleef & Arpels, Faberg , Cartier, Boucheron, and Tiffany and feature items ranging from the elegant and classical look, to art nouveau and art deco, to funky and whimsical. Highly recommended for collections focusing on the decorative arts and jewelry. Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Libs., Johnson City Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500286739
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/4/2007
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,225,525
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Tennenbaum is a noted collector of fine jewelry, and particularly of animal jewelry.

Janet Zapata served for many years as archivist of Tiffany & Co. and is the author of The Jewelry and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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