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Treasures in gold : masterpieces of jewelry from antiquity to modern times

Author: Gianni Guadalupi; Neil Frazer Davenport
Publisher: Vercelli, Italy : White Star Publishers, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New extended and updated edView all editions and formats
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"This gorgeous book spotlights the art of the goldsmith through history. Starting with the opulent gilded tombs and grave goods of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs -- including solid gold chairs, inlaid necklaces, and amulets, hundreds of remarkable photographs and the insightful text of this volume present spectacular examples of the goldsmith's art through several millennia. Organized chronologically, the book goes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gianni Guadalupi; Neil Frazer Davenport
ISBN: 8854403202 9788854403208
OCLC Number: 229047518
Description: 349 pages : color illustrations ; 36 cm
Contents: Introduction / Gianni Guadalupi --
The Pharaoh's Gold / Adela Oppenheim --
The Black Pharaohs' Gold / Giorgio Ferrero --
Mycenae and the Golden Mask / Furio Durando --
Jewels for the Beauteous Helen / Salvatore Ciro Nappo --
Magic in Phoenician Gold / Maria Rosaria Visone --
The Oxus Treasure / Anna Vanzan --
Golden Jewels from Hellas / Furio Durando --
The Treasure of Philip II of Macedon / Furio Durando --
Scythian Gold from the Steppes / Paola D'Amore --
Tillia Tepe: The Golden Hills of Bactria / Enrico Rondoni --
Jewels for the Etruscan Aristocracy / Antonella Magagnini --
Roman Jewelry / Salvatore Ciro Nappo --
Barbaric Splendors / Bente Magnus --
The Mirage of El Dorado / Giuseppe Mazzocchi --
The Treasure of Sipan / Giuseppe Mazzocchi --
The Treasure Desired by Theodelinda / Roberto Conti --
Venice and Byzantium in St. Mark's Treasure / Renato Polacco --
A Sacred Crown for the Hungarian Royal Family / Renato Polacco --
A Golden Eagle for Empress Gisela / Glovanna Baldissin Molli --
Oviedo: Medieval Sacred Gold / Giuseppe Mazzocchi --
Gems and Hardstone Vases of the Medicean Treasury / Mario Scalini --
The Jewels of the Galleon Nuestra Senora De Las Maravillas / Giuseppe Mazzocchi --
St. Peters Basilica: A Treasure of Faith and Art / Michele Basso --
Charm and Luxury in the Gold of France / Piero Pazzi --
The British Crown Jewels / Anna Keay --
Vienna's Imperial Treasure / Bruce Leimsidor --
Crowns and Jewels of Bavaria / Sabine Heym --
The Kremlin's Diamonds / Gianfranco Giraudo --
The Golden Tale of the Topkapi / Giuseppe Mazzocchi --
Statues in Gold from Mysterious Thailand / Fiorella Rispoli --
The Jewels of the Maharaja / Maria Ausilia Albanese --
Cartier, the King of the Goldsmiths / Alessandra Quattordio.
Other Titles: Grandi tesori.
Masterpieces of jewelry from antiquity to modern times
Responsibility: editor, Gianni Guadalupi ; translation, Neil Frazer Davenport [and others].
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"This gorgeous book spotlights the art of the goldsmith through history. Starting with the opulent gilded tombs and grave goods of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs -- including solid gold chairs, inlaid necklaces, and amulets, hundreds of remarkable photographs and the insightful text of this volume present spectacular examples of the goldsmith's art through several millennia. Organized chronologically, the book goes on to trace precious works from subsequent epochs, unveiling the masterpieces that epitomize the craftsmanship of each, as well as presenting a fascinating documentation of the beliefs, values, and societal structure of each civilization. From the jewels of the Etruscan aristocracy to the vases and cameos from the de Medici family estate, golden treasures of faith and art in St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, the treasures of the English royalty, and the maharaja's jewels, the splendors revealed in this volume are portrayed in full-color photographs that demonstrate the luster, texture, and intricacies that made them so desirable in their time and make them such priceless cultural treasures today. Concluding with a chapter on Cartier, the master jeweler, Treasures in Gold presents the compelling stories behind the creation of each work of art. This unique portable museum is a fascinating read for decorative arts enthusiasts and a useful reference for anyone involved in jewelry design"--Product description.

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