Princely Magnificence: Court Jewels of the Renaissance, 1500-1630
by Jill Hollis.
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DESCRIPTION: Softcover. Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (1982). Pages: 142. Size: 10½ x 9½ inches; 1¾ pounds. Summary: Detailed catalogue produced for an exhibition of 126 fine Renaissance jewels at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, with detailed scholarly descriptions of each item together with provenance and related literature. As well as showing the items in the exhibition, the illustrations include jewelry designs and contemporary portraits of sitters wearing jewels.
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Unread (?) oversized softcover. Victoria & Albert Museum (1982) 142 pages.Inside the book appears unread beyond about page 15. Probably only flipped through a few times beyond that point - looking at the pictures. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, bound tightly-as-new beyond about page 14/15. Outside the covers edvidence modest edge and corner shelfwear, but no major creases. Lower spine heel is slightly bumped, which is faintly echoed inside (the first 15-20 pages have a faint corner crease at the bottom inside/binding corner). While the book might not have the "sex appeal" of a shelf trophy, it is a clean, almost unread copy with only light superficial shelfwear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #8637b.
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REVIEW: Shows court jewels of the Renaissance, 1500-1630. Based on an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum between October 1980 and January 1981.
REVIEW: TABLE OF CONTENTS::
The Status and Making of Jewelry, 1500-1630.
Renaissance Jewels in Their Social Setting.
Sources of Gemstones in the Renaissance.
The Cutting and Setting of Gems in the 15th and 16th Centuries.
Dress in Western Europe, 1500-1630.
Sweet England's Jewels.
The Renaissance in the 19th century.
REVIEW: Exhibition catalogue with numerous color and monochrome plates. A remarkable collection with exceptional photography.
REVIEW: Great book, well-written, fabulous photography, luscious jewelry!
REVIEW: Great review of Renaissance jewelry in the Victoria & Albert collection. Great inspiration for jewelers. A must for enthusiasts of Renaissance and royal jewelry.
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