Earrings: From Antiquity to the Present by Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi.
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DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 224 pages. Publisher: Thames and Hudson (1990).
There is an inexplicable magic about earrings, unmatched by any other kind of jewelry. Uniquely, they move with a life of their own, voluptuous yet pure, cold yet provocative. Earrings have been worn since prehistoric times; ancient civilizations offered earrings to their goddesses, and today they remain the most demanding and rewarding exercises of the jeweler's art. Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, both experts from Sotheby's, are themselves under the spell of earrings, and their erudition does not disguise that this book is as much a romance as a fine piece of art-historical research. The authors relate how the fashion of wearing precious earrings spread from ancient Egypt to the Classical Greek and Roman worlds to Byzantium.
Techniques in the cutting of gemstones and diamonds, perfected in the eighteenth century, allowed earring design to evolve towards its most stylish and glamorous. Extraordinary and imaginative revivals of Classical and Roman motifs are here. The opulence of exquisitely crafted creations of gold and precious stones, the bold lines of Art Deco, and a rich proliferation of modern designs, from the most traditional to the most innovative, created by leading European and American designers. The book covers every period and style up to the present.
The great names among designers and international jewelry houses; Cartier, Boucheron, Mellerio, Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura, Andrew Grima, Merina B., David Webb, Harry Winston, Graff and Bulgari, are all represented in dazzling displays of precious and semi-precious earrings. Illustrations range from Rococo flowers and long, heavy girondoles thick with diamonds and emeralds to chaste Neoclassical disks and the delicate nodding sprays of the late nineteenth century. A wide-ranging study that will be a rich source of inspiration and delight for collectors, designers, and fashion lovers, this is a feast for the eye and a revelation of the wonders that artistry can create.
CONDITION: FAIR. Ex-library and damaged. HUGE (12x9 inch) hardcover w/dustjacket. Thames & Hudson (1990) 224 pages. Inside the book is relatively clean, no markings other than a sticker and a library pocket on the front free page (the first, unprinted, blank, colored page in the book, directly beneath the front cover). HOWEVER two pictures were cut out of the book (on page 39 and 59). possessing other copies of the book, we photocopied the missing pictures and taped them into the book; so two pages in this book have been repaired with photocopied pictures. Otherwise the pages are clean and well-bound, though we did reinforce the back inside hinge with archival binding reinforcement tape. The reason for this is that the spine heel of the book was bumped pretty hard. It looks like perhaps the book was dropped. The rear hinge (being merely paper) was starting to split, so we strengthened the spine as stated with archival tape. Some of the pages within the book show a very mild, almost imperceptible impact crease at the bottom inside corner, echoing the bump to the (outside) spine heel. We'd also note that at one point in time it looks the the spine heel also got into some coffee or tea, as the first few dozen and last few dozen pages in the book show a very small, faint tea or coffee stain, again, at the lower inside (binding side) corner. Again, it is very faint. From the outside the dustjacket is in a mylar sleeve as is customary with library books, so it is in relatively good condition with just a few small chips (one at the spine heel where the book was hit, one small chip at the fore-edge of the front side of the dustjacket). Beneath the dustjacket the cloth covers are clean and unblemished, save for one very small split, again, at the spine heel where presumably the book was dropped. There's a call tag sticker to the spine heel of the dustjacket, and stampings to the top and bottom surfaces of the closed page edges, as is customary with library books (these markings are not visible to individual pages of course, only to the mass of the page edges when the book is closed). Clearly no shelf trophy, nonetheless a fairly clean, lightly blemished, relatively well-bound copy of a very hard to find title. As a reference text, a "reader" if you will, it will make someone very happy simply to have this obscure title in reasonably good condition - it is not trashed, just our inventory of blemishes is very thorough! Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #1373d.
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REVIEW: Daniella Mascetti, Deputy Director of Southeby's jewelry department in London, was trained as an archaeologist in Milan, taking part in several excavations in Southern Italy. In 1980 she began to work for Southeby's in Milan, where she started the jewelry department. In 1983 she moved to Southeby's jewelry department in London where she works as a jewelry expert, lecturer, and cataloguer. She has written tow books in Italian on eighteenth and nineteenth century jewelry, and is co-author with David Bennett of "Understanding Jewelry", published in 1989.
Amanda Triossi was born and educated in Rome, afterwards reading History of Art at Cambridge. Here she developed her interest in jewelry, and wrote a dissertation on jewels in fifteenth century Florentine painting. She joined Southeby's jewelry department in 1986, and is also currently a jewelry consultant to Southeby's in Geneva, Amsterdam, and Tel-Aviv. Since 1986 she has been lecturing regularly on jewelry at the Instituto Europa del Design in Milan, and at Southeby's Works of Art courses in London. Both authors are fellows of the Gemological Association of Great Britain.
REVIEW: The styles and value of earrings, whether shaped like starbursts, beetles or baskets, may have changed since this accessory's beginnings in 3000 B.C. But what has remained constant is the willingness of women to subject themselves, for the sake of fashion, to the painful piercing of their lobes. Indeed, this initiatory rite proclaims, for many, passage into womanhood. The history of the ornaments fabricated to hug or hang, sometimes with great weight, is here related scrupulously by two representatives of Sotheby's London jewelry division.
Mascetti and Triossi's account, augmented by 600 illustrations including sketches and sharply reproduced color and black-and-white photos, chronicles earring design from the basic hoop and disc of the Egyptians through the mini-chandelier-like girandoles and pendelogues popular from the 17th century on. Whether the raw materials were egg-size diamonds, matched pearls, gemstones, gold, silver or platinum, the skilled hands of master artisans like Fontenay and Lalique have earned their creations the respectful title of haute joaillerie. And with good reason, as this glittering book proves.
REVIEW: In spirited and informed prose, the authors take us on a historical tour of one of the oldest of human ornaments. The earliest archaeological evidence for earrings indicates an origin in Western Asia perhaps 5000 years ago. They remained a constant in fashion for women (and now and then for men) until the 11th century. Medieval fashion in hairdressing and clothing obscured the ear, so earrings virtually disappeared in Europe until the 17th century. Beginning with elegant pearl drops, earrings reappeared then and have remained a favorite form of jewelry ever since. Color and black-and-white photographs and renderings comprise perhaps half the book: clear, plentiful, gorgeous, and carefully keyed to the text. This is museum-quality work, no funky plastic baubles here (although the Victorian fishbowls, complete with fish, give one pause). It is all enchanting, the more so because the styles and shapes are so recognizably familiar over the many centuries.
REVIEW: Beautiful book with very pretty pictures! I was very pleased when I received it and I highly recommend it to antique jewelry fans! It is a presentation of the history of earrings from prehistory to modern times. It relates how the fashion of wearing precious earrings spread through the Mediterranean region and illustrates earrings covering every period and style from rococo flowers to chaste neoclassical discs.
REVIEW: This book was recommended to me by my antique jewelry dealer. It is a treasure-trove of historical information with fabulous pictures and descriptions. Whether you are a collector or simply an admirer, you will not be disappointed in this well-researched book.
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