This stunning collection of authentic Art Nouveau jewelry designs by influential French designer Maurice Dufrene captures the essence of the style at the height of its popularity. Reprinted from a rare turn-of-the-century portfolio, 24 plates depict over 300 spectacular pendants, combs, buckles, rings, bracelets, brooches, umbrella handles, and even pen knives, buttons, clasps, and scissors.
Rare catalog features abundant illustrations of late-19th-century taste in diamonds, watches, and all manner of rings, lockets, and charms, scarf and stick pins, earrings, bracelets, and scores of other baubles. Over 2,200 engravings.
Inspired, in part, by the industrial age and Native American art, and championed by progressive architects, American Art Deco was one of the most popular decorative styles of the 20th century. This volume includes scores of photographs and important articles that describe the aesthetics of this great mode of artistic expression.An introduction by architectural critic Lewis Mumford is followed by comments from such notables as Frank Lloyd Wright on design principles; theatrical and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes on outfitting business interiors; and Edward Steichen on commercial photography. A fascinating glimpse of an exciting and innovative era in the history of American design, this book will appeal to architects, graphic artists, photographers, and lovers of the Art Deco style. Over 200 black-and-white illustrations.
Reprint of rare catalog advertises hand-hammered bowls, vases, bookends, and other articles of copper and bronze; beautifully tooled and carved leather handbags, billfolds, and desk sets, leather-bound books, and other items. 260 black-and-white photographs.
This monumental, profusely illustrated volume by two noted authorities is probably the largest single collection of data on the subject of pearls. Its enormous amount of detailed information covers their origin and history, structure, and form; the pearl fisheries of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas; fascinating facts and lore on pearl-culture and pearl-farming; the gem's mystical and medicinal properties; famous pearl collections around the world; and much more. Over 180 illustrations enhance the highly readable text, sure to intrigue any lover of gems.