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Hinks, Peter, Nineteenth Century Jewellery, London, Faber and Faber Limited, 1975, first edition, 4to (10" x 7.75"), Harcover, blue cloth boards w/ green & gilt spine titles, yellow endpapers with timeline (1789-1900) illustrated in black silhouettes of jewelery types, VG / in green pictorial DJ. Light shelf wear, some tenderness between signatures.

120 pp. Profuse photo b/w illustrations throughout, 8 plates (of 15 pieces) in color.

From the Publisher: "More jewellery was made in Europe during the nineteenth century than in any other period before or since. What is more, the jewellery was extremely varied — the predilections, obsessions and changing circumstances of England, France, Italy and Germany, for example, being faithfully reflected in their pieces — and much was of the highest quality. The discovery of diamonds in South Africa, the gold rush in the States and Australia, the theatre, war, archaeology, the latest ‘Novelty’, all were sources of inspiration for the jeweler. Nineteenth Century Jewellery both describes in absorbing detail the beautiful and sometimes bizarre ornaments of an extraordinary era and tells us much of the craftsmen who made them and the people through whose hands they passed: women of taste and fashion, shopmen, peddlers, confidence tricksters. It is probably the first book on the subject to cove the whole of Europe comprehensively.

The Revolutionary, Napoleonic, post Napoleonic, mid-century, Second Empire, High Victorian and Fin de Siecle styles of jewellery are all pinpointed and analyzed. And there are also useful chapters on the Arts and Crafts Movement, on Art Nouveau, peasant and mourning jewellery and on collecting, and an appendix of the gold and silver marks of ten countries. The development of the great centers of manufacture both in Europe and America is clearly traced. The selection of pieces illustrated is unusual and arresting.

Peter Hinks is Sotheby’s leading expert on nineteenth century jewellery."

Contents: The Revolution & Napoleon, The Post-War Years, The Mid-Century 1840-1860, Second Empire and High Victorian, Fin de Siecle, Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau, Mourning Jewellery, Jewellery in Earlier Styles, Peasant Jewellery, Collecting, Appendix: Gold and Silver Marks, Bibliography, Index.

Uncommon in the US.    [Book ID # 1937]


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