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Jewels from Imperial St. Petersburg
     

Jewels from Imperial St. Petersburg

by Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm
 

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·A beautiful record and a stunning gift for the connoisseur of Imperial Russian jewelry

Imperial Russian jewelry has its own special allure and is highly appreciated by collectors and connoisseurs around the world.

This book offers a fascinating range of jewels and objects d'art crafted in St Petersburg during the golden age of ornamental design. Starting

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·A beautiful record and a stunning gift for the connoisseur of Imperial Russian jewelry

Imperial Russian jewelry has its own special allure and is highly appreciated by collectors and connoisseurs around the world.

This book offers a fascinating range of jewels and objects d'art crafted in St Petersburg during the golden age of ornamental design. Starting with the reign of Elizabeth, Empress of Russia, through that of Catherine the Great and ending in 1917 with the passing of Nicholas the 2nd, the book is intertwined with captivating personal and imperial history. It describes the development of style and design within the art of the St Petersburg goldsmith, while putting it into historical context.

Many of the pieces portrayed come from private collections in Finland and Sweden, each with a unique prominence happily preserved in anecdotes, letters, diaries, historical documents, and photographs. Magnificent portraits from Russia's most prestigious museums can likewise be found throughout the book's 300 deeply illustrated pages.

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”Unlike most books about jewelry this actually shows a multitude of portraits of reigning monarchs, mostly male, but including four empresses. The crowd is mostly good looking, covered in a swath of silk, brocade and fur, and decked out in their finest examples of tiaras, chains and earrings. The jewelry is what could be called the regal period, hallmarked by enormous pearls, diamonds and amethysts, and tiaras including concoctions of diamonds, in the earlier (pre platinum) period set in silver and occasionally 'en tremblant' (trembles with the wearer’s movements).”
--Metal Arts Guild

“One of the most intriguing aspects of the book is the variety of photographs – historical portraits and paintings as well as recent shots of jewelry discussed."
--Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

“While lavishly illustrated, the commentary is equally interesting, not just for collectors but for anyone who wants to fill in the blanks of old Russian history, particularly the connection with Finland and Sweden.”
--Crafthaus

Metal Arts Guild
Unlike most books about jewelry this actually shows a multitude of portraits of reigning monarchs, mostly male, but including four empresses. The crowd is mostly good looking, covered in a swath of silk, brocade and fur, and decked out in their finest examples of tiaras, chains and earrings. The jewelry is what could be called the regal period, hallmarked by enormous pearls, diamonds and amethysts, and tiaras including concoctions of diamonds, in the earlier (pre platinum) period set in silver and occasionally 'en tremblant' (trembles with the wearer’s movements).
Lapidary Journal
One of the most intriguing aspects of the book is the variety of photographs—historical portraits and paintings as well as recent shots of jewelry discussed.
Crafthaus
While lavishly illustrated, the commentary is equally interesting, not just for collectors but for anyone who wants to fill in the blanks of old Russian history, particularly the connection with Finland and Sweden.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906509248
Publisher:
Unicorn Press Ltd
Publication date:
03/16/2013
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author


Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm has been researching the œuvre of the Russian jewelers for many years. She is the great-granddaughter of St. Petersburg goldsmith Alexander Tillander, a supplier to the Russian imperial court.

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