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Malgouyres, Philippe.
Ivories de la Renaissance et des Temps modernes. La collection du musee du Louvre.

Paris Musee du Louvre: 2010.

"Through the Louvre's rich collection of ivories - over three hundred pieces, many of them reproduced here for the first time - this book presents a history of ivory carving in Europe. Many of these works have a prestigious provenance, having once belonged to Louis XIV, Marie-Antoinette or Madame de Pompadour. Modest or sumptuous, some of them were created to commemorate historic events such as the coronation of the Emperor Napoleon, the marriage of a princess of the house of Saxe or Napoleon's German campaign. Built up with patience and passion by such notable nineteenth-century collectors as Pierre Revoil, Charles Sauvageot, Adolphe Thiers and Baronne Salomon de Rothschild, the collection also delineates a history of changing tastes and fashions - as well as, on occasion, the errant ways of science. It also comprises a great variety of forms and functions, from reliefs, statuettes, fans, knives and weapons to vases embellished with gold mounts and curiosities, and includes work from Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Japan, Africa and Mexico. This catalogue, fully illustrated throughout, documents this unique collection in its entirety for the first time".

Hardcover. 9.5"x11", 355 pages, color illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90449
Price: $ 90.00      

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