Jeweled Splendours of the Art Deco Era

Jeweled Splendours of the Art Deco Era

The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection

Book - 2017
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One Christmas Eve, Prince Sanruddin Aga Khan gave to his wife a magnificent jeweled box made by Cartier in the 1930s. So began the making of perhaps the most remarkable jewelry collection of a remarkable era for jewelry - and for French jewelry in particular. In the 1920s and 1930s, smoky night clubs, cocktails, a new acceptance of make up beyond the boudoir, decor for smart apartments and dinner tables, 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 either by an explosion of coloured gemstones and enamel, with bold colour codes of blue, green and orange, or by the simplicity of black, white and gold as risque black became newly chic. Zen rock gardens, Chinese dragons, Persian birds, Japanese plum blossom or Tutankhamun motifs provided the richest source of global influences in a triumph of hedonistic creativity.
Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson Ltd. 2017
ISBN: 9780500519479
Characteristics: 255 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm


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Apr 13, 2018

The present (2018) technological age shouldn't blind us to the exquisite precision in the artistry and craftsmanship of the wonders in this book. What unheralded teams designed and constructed these objects that confound and amaze in their complexity and perfection?


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