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Album of Watercolored and Wash Jewelry Designs for Henry Edwards of Cheltenham, England
1 Album of Watercolored and Wash Jewelry Designs for Henry Edwards of Cheltenham, England
Hardcover Very Good 
N.d., circa 1880. Oblong, 18 by 27.5 cm. 30 leaves with designs, only on the rectos, of tiaras, necklaces, earrings, brooches, etc. Many of the designs are historic, dated by the captions from the 17th century to the early 19th century. It would seem, then, that the purpose of the album was to draw inspiration, if not outright copy, classic designs. Short captions identify the source and date of some of the designs, and sometimes there is a little more explanatory description, such as one which speaks of the contre diamond in a necklace being the celebrated Queen Ann diamond and giving a few sketchy historical details about that diamond. A few of the design drawings are slightly unfinished. Condition: cover boards heavily soiled. Also a film of soiling on first leaf. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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Promotional portfolio for Spanish Jeweler Jaoquin Berao, with seven striking Mondigliani-like portraits of women wearing Berao pieces
2 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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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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