Album with French Jewelry Designs from the 19th and 20th centuries

Jacques Caillot French

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Album of designs by various artists for individual pieces of jewelry, including brooches, necklaces, and belt buckles. The main body of designs is in the Art Nouveau style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but there are also some pieces in historic period styles, including designs from the French Second Empire (1852-70), created by recognized jewelers such as Beaugrand, Eugène Grasset, and Alexis Falize, for Empress Eugénie and other important women of the time. Several of these drawings seem to be done after other designs that appear in the album, and some of them are done after jewels whose images are reproduced in Henri Vever's "La bijouterie française au XIX siècle" (French Jewelry of the 19th Century), and were probably executed by tracing the outlines directly from the book.

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