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Promotional portfolio for Spanish Jeweler Jaoquin Berao, with seven striking Mondigliani-like portraits of women wearing Berao pieces
1 Promotional portfolio for Spanish Jeweler Jaoquin Berao, with seven striking Mondigliani-like portraits of women wearing Berao pieces
Madrid 1989 Portfolio, glossy card stock Near FIne 
This is a most unusual jewelry promotion, and while it is more modern than almost all of the ephemera and trade-related items we have in our stock, its singular artistry makes it something we are proud to have on offer. The portraits, each 31 by 22, have deliberately roughed, or uneven, edges. The palette employed is fleshy browns and oranges, with turquoise and silver eyes and touches of red and green providing a contrast. We assume a printing process was somehow employed, but the portraits come off as original watercolors. Berao's bold modernistic designs accessorize each of these women, a few, vaguely conjuring up Ava Gardner from "The Barefoot Contessa", but one would not know from the portraits themselves that these were prepared as part of a jewelry production. Rather, Berao is clearly promoting his jewelry by associating with an idealized strong, glamorous woman, one who is herself a work of art. Berao himself was born in 1945 and is still active, with his flagship store in Madrid and branches in Paris, Milan, Ibiza and Barcelona. The portraits have a tissue wrapping, and these slip into a fold in a portfolio of glossy card. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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[Trade Catalogue] Gems.  Streeter & Co. Ltd.  18 New Bond Street, London W.
2 [Trade Catalogue] Gems. Streeter & Co. Ltd. 18 New Bond Street, London W.
St. Albans, Herts. Orford Smith, Limited, Printer 1898 First Edition Cloth (Faux Leather) Very Good 
Jewelry trade catalogue with brilliant, metallic chromolithographic illustrations throughout. 8vo. 22 by 15 cm. 62, [3] pp. This was the 102nd catalogue issued by the London jeweler, so stated in the prefatory statement. About a thalf of the catalogue is devoted to expository, non-sales, articles on various stones, and related topics: diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, oriental cat's-eye, opal and alexandrite, pearl, turquoise, various semi-recious stones, as well as a piece on the hardness of stones and on heraldry. Each of these one to two page articles on particular stones touches on their chemistry and technical characteristics, their sources, their history, their aesthetic virtues. Sandwiched in the middle of the brochure comes the more standard stock offerings, with all items shown in chromo vignettes. These include watches, rings, bracelets, necklaces, pins or brooches, tiaras, etc. The richness of the golds and silvers in these vignettes stands out, as does the amber in the illustrations of cigarette paraphernalia (cigarette cases and tubes). In terms of design, the catalogue is a trove of late Victorian and Edwardian style, with its figurative concoctions relating to fox hunting, golf, other sports, its elegant streamlined creations that do not compete with the stones, etc. Apparently Edwin Streeter, the proprietor, was an accomplished writer on gemology, and their are two page of books he authored and published by George Bell at the end of the catalogue. Clean and bright copy. Slight looseness of the hinge. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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3 Warner, Worcester Reed Selections from Oriental Objects of Art Collected by Worcester Reed Warner Most of Which Have Been Presented to the Cleveland Museum of Art
Tarrytown, NY Bartlett Orr Press (Privately printed) 1921 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
Folio. 36 by 26 cm. 135 pp. 54 photographic plates, 16 of which are in color. (The porcelain and jewelry specimens are mostly done in color.) Among the arts treated in this lavish book are pottery and procelain, jades and crystals, bronzes, and stone sculpture. Chinese specimens dominate, followed by Japanese, then Korean. The collector, Worcester Reed Warner (1846-1929), was a trained mechanical engineer, astronomer, entrepreneur and business executive, and a philanthropist. The company he co-founded, Warner & Swazey, manufactured machine tools, but was best known for making astonomical telescopes. The cover is moderately soiled but still handsome with its centerpiece gilt Chinese symbol. Within the book is clean and tight. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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