Henri Vever: French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century

Henri Vever: French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century by Henri Vever, Katherine Purcell

Title: Henri Vever: French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century
Author: Henri Vever, Katherine Purcell
ISBN10: 0500237840
ISBN13: 978-0500237847
Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Slp edition (September 2001)
Language: English
Subcategory: Crafts & Hobbies
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Henri Vever: French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century by Henri Vever, Katherine Purcell


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La Bijouterie Francaise au XIXe Siecle by Henri Vever is an indispensable survey of the jewelry produced in Paris from the Empire to the Art Nouveau period. Since it was first published in three volumes nearly one hundred years ago, it has become the definitive source of information for the jewelry profession as well as for those who simply revel in the intricate beauty of fabulous jewels. Now, for the first time, the entire text is available in English in a single volume. Vever, himself a highly accomplished jeweler, compiled a study that charts the histories of both the humblest and the most famous of his colleagues, including Bapst, Boucheron, Falize, Fontenay, Pouquet, Froment-Meurice, Gaillard, Lalique, Mellerio, and Wiese. This vivid contemporary account is full of data gathered directly from the jewelers themselves or from their descendants. It contains fascinating anecdotes concerning Imperial and Royal commissions together with entertaining tales of workshop practices. In crediting the designers, chasers, engravers, and enamelers who collaborated with the famous jewelry houses, Vever acknowledged the talents of technicians who often worked anonymously. In identifying unrecorded craftsmen, he made his book a unique document. Political, economic, and industrial developments are discussed, as are their repercussions on society and fashion. With his intimate knowledge of techniques, Vever was able to analyze changes that were continually taking place in manufacturing processes. He also recorded the changing styles in jewelry and their sources of inspiration, ranging from the Antique to the Orient. A unique feature of this English-language edition is the inclusion for the first time of over 130 color illustrations of pieces, many from Vever's collection, which appeared only in black and white in the original. 1414 illustrations, 136 in color.