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Jeweled Splendours of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection

Princess Catherine Aga Khan Pierre Rainero Sarah Davis



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Thames & Hudson
01 April 2017
Art & design styles: Art Deco; Exhibition catalogues & specific collections; Industrial: Commercial Art & Design; Antiques & collectables: jewellery
A visual celebration of jeweled masterworks from Paris in the Art Deco era.

In the 1920s and 1930s, the mechanical purity of the machine age and striking contrasts of line, color, and material were reflected in objects for a new lifestyle. Smoky nightclubs, cocktails, décor for chic apartments, and dinner tables: all provided a new landscape for the designs of the great jewelry houses of Europe, with Paris as the superstar of cities. The gloom of war was replaced by an explosion of color or newly chic, risqué black, white, and gold. Zen rock gardens, Persian birds, or Tutankhamun motifs provided global influences in a triumph of creativity.

How this new world developed, the tastes and skills of its decorative shapers including Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Boucheron, but above all, Cartier as well as the process of design and making and the rules of feminine elegance are explored by expert authors. Detailed descriptions of over one hundred pieces accompany a parade of the finest, all specially photographed for this publication.
By:   Princess Catherine Aga Khan, Pierre Rainero
Text by:   Sarah Davis
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 304mm,  Width: 227mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   1.740kg
ISBN:   9780500519479
ISBN 10:   0500519471
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 April 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Jeweled Splendours of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection

An elegant offering filled with jeweled works beyond compare... This entire book is a feast for the eyes with images of intricate inlay, bright colors, and inventive design. Photographer Doug Rosa does a magnificent job of presenting some gorgeous vanity cases, cigarette cases, and miscellaneous objects from the 1920s and deco period.-- (06/01/2017) Virtually impossible to put down. A 'feast for the eyes'...for any art collector or connoisseur of the jeweler's art. The works pictured are breathtaking in their craftsmanship, their ingenuity, and their astonishing use of color. Each image is clear and crisp, as if you could touch the object. This is a book to return to again and again, a book to treasure. It is a deeply satisfying opportunity to examine, close up, a noteworthy collection.-- (01/31/2018)

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