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Precious Objects from Asprey & Garrard. London Sotheby's: December 18-19, 2001. The Bond Street jewelers Asprey & Garrard was formed in 1998 when Asprey, founded in 1781 by William Asprey and Garrad & Co., founded in 1735 by goldsmith George Wickes, merged. Following the sale of the combined firm to an investment firm the company was de-merged in 2001-02, and that split necessitated this auction sale. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 159 pages, 1,030 lots, color illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34500
Price: $ 40.00       

Retrospective Louis Cartier. Masterworks of Art Deco. Cartier: 1982. Limited to 1000 numbered copies. A beautifully illustrated survey of the fabulous Art Deco-era clocks and watches designed by Louis Cartier. Stunning. Hardcover. 9"x12", 67 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35154
Price: $ 125.00       

[Alsdorf] Jewels, Watches and the Costume Jewelry Collection of Mrs. James W. Alsdorf. Chicago Sotheby's: December 13, 1999. The second session of the auction presented the Alsdorf Collection of designer costume jewelry (lots 300-578). Designers included Boucher, Cartier, Cassini, Chanel, Dior, Haskell, Hobe, Trifari, and many more. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 133 pages, 578 lots, color illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35432
Price: $ 35.00       

Becker, Vivienne. Antique and Twentieth Century Jewellery. A Guide for Collectors. London NAG Press: 1997. 2nd ed. A perennial favorite, this superb survey covers a wide variety of styles and materials, including Victorian revivalist pieces, Art Nouveau and design-house jewelry, Arts & Crafts, Liberty, Edwardian and Deco, and Cocktail jewelry of the 1940s. Hardcover. 7"x9.5", 319 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Fine.

Inventory #: 90267
Price: $ 69.50       

Cirillo, Dexter. Southwestern Indian Jewelry: Crafting New Traditions. New York Rizzoli: 2008. "This gorgeously illustrated book features 85 jewelers from the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Rio Grande Pueblo peoples. Most of the artists presented are of the generation of jewelers to emerge within the past two decades, infusing Native American jewelry with novel designs, techniques, and use of materials. Interviews with the artists describe the history of the cultural traditions behind the jewelry, making this a book for both experienced and novice collectors as well as those interested in striking jewelry design". Hardcover. 10"x10.5", 240 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 95188
Price: $ 25.00       

Daniel, John A. Baranger. Window Displays in Motion. Dramatizing the Jewel. Santa Fe Zon International Publishing Company: 2001. Beginning in 1937, the Baranger Studios of South Pasedena began specializing in elaborate, miniature mechanical "stage displays" for use by jewelers in their shop windows to showcase fine jewelry and watches. Over the next 20 years the company created 167 different displays, 30 of each design. In 1978 the company archives were purchased by Burton A. Burton, who hired John Daniel (magician, collector, and antique toy restorer) to organize the collection, and restore a complete example of every model made by Baranger. The results are showcased in this book, not only the first comprehensive study of the Baranger display models, but a complete record of all their creations. Hardcover. 9"x12", 127 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear. Gift inscription.

Inventory #: 34842
Price: $ 275.00       

Dawes, Ginny Redington & Olivia Collings. Georgian Jewellery, 1714-1830. Woodbridge Antique Collectors' Club: 2007. A colorful explosion of a book, packed with color photos of wonderful Georgian jewelry of all types and descriptions. The publisher says that this is not an "academic" book, but there is still plenty of information here, even though it is presented in a less scholarly format than readers may be used to. Interesting anecdotes and information fill the text between the dazzling photographs. If you like Georgian-era jewelry, this book is a "must have". Hardcover. 10"x12", 191 pages, packed with color illustrations. Dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90281
Price: $ 85.00       

Dent, Herbert C. Pique: A Beautiful Minor Art. London The Connoisseur:1923. Pique was a French invention of the early 18th century thin strips of gold or silver were carefully inlaid onto boxes of tortoiseshell or other similar substances, often combined with mother-of-pearl. The craftsmanship exhibited in these small pieces is of the best quality, and they have been avidly collected since they were first introduced. Picque work continued in France and England into the early 19th century, when the increasing cost of hand-labor doomed this complicated and time-intensive art. A scarce monograph. 8.5"x11", 25 pages of text plus 36 b&w plates light rubbing to the spine.

Inventory #: 20889
Price: $ 350.00       

[Fish Collection] Viennese and Limoges Painted Enamels, Gold and Enamel Watches, Boxes, and other Bibelots, French and Other Continental Silver, French Furniture, Tapestries, Property of Mrs. H. Fish, New York. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: October 2, 1952. Sale 1360. An auction catalog. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 37 pages, 222 lots, b/w illustrations several institutional stamps.

Inventory #: 30361
Price: $ 20.00       

Goldenberg, Rose L. Antique Jewelry: A Practical & Passionate Guide. New York Crown Publishers: 1978. 2nd printing. This book remains one of the best, simple and practical guide to knowing the nuts and bolts of collecting antique jewelry. Softcover. 7"x10", 148 pages, b/w and line illustrations and 8 color plates. Moderate wear.

Inventory #: 34163
Price: $ 25.00       

Hill, Gerard (ed.). Faberge and the Russian Master Goldsmiths. New York Universe Publishing: 2008. "Peter Carl Faberg€ (Russian, 1846-1920) is deservedly the most famous creator of the stunning gold, silver, and jewel-studded treasures of imperial Russia. Perhaps because of the popularity of his Easter eggs, FabergŽ's skilled competitors have been largely overlooked. Faberg‚ and the Russian Master Goldsmiths tells their story and features their masterpieces as well as Faberg‚'s. Today, the creations of the Russian master goldsmiths are dispersed throughout the world. A broad sampling of masterpieces from the great Russian collections, as well as from private and public collections, are depicted here in nearly 300 full color illustrations, a number of which are published here for the first time." Hardcover. 10"x13", 300 pages, 320 color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 90357
Price: $ 40.00       

Hougart, Bille. The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks. TBR International: 2006. Revised edition. A new, updated edition of this valuable reference to more than 1,500 hallmarks and trademarks on 20th Century Mexican silver. In addition to marks, brief biographies are supplied for the more prominent and importnat silversmiths. An essential reference book. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 288 pages, black & whilte illustrations of marks. New.

Inventory #: 90271
Price: $ 24.95       

Lalique, Marc & Marie-Claude. Lalique par Lalique. Lausanne Societe Lalique/Edipop: 1977. A legendary volume on the art glass bookshelf, an explosive celebration of the glass and jewelry of that most graceful of French designers, Rene Lalique. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 309 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear, a little soil.

Inventory #: 33709
Price: $ 150.00       

Liaut, Jean-Noel & Bertrand Pizzin. Cufflinks. New York Assouline: 2002. "Tiny though they may be, cuff links have been used by designers to add an aristocratic touch to otherwise conventional business suits. Here are cufflinks made of such diverse materials as Bakelite, seashells, and amethyst, seen in action on the wrists of Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich, Mick Jagger, Jack Nicholson, and Jean Cocteau". Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 79 pages, filled with color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 95130
Price: $ 15.00       

Lindemann, Wilhelm (ed.). Bengel Art Deco Schmuck / Bengel Art Deco Jewellery. Stuttgart Arnoldsche Art Publishers: 2007. "A geometric language of forms, influenced by Cubism and the aesthetic of the machine, colored plastic and chromium are synonymous with the Art Deco costume jewelry which was so popular in 1920s and 1930s Europe. Formerly classified by specialists as 'French jewelry', these Art Deco jewelry objects were actually made at the Jakob Bengel Chain and Bijouterie Wares Factory, founded in Idar-Oberstein in 1873! The jewelry produced by Bengel between 1931 and 1938 is distinguished from that of other makers by extraordinarily powerful innovation and a high degree of individuality. A mix of materials consisting of the colored plastic Galalith and chromium-plated metal is handled with a playfully light touch. Bengel jewelry was exported world-wide". Bengel jewelry was the subject of a pioneering (and now out of print) 2002 book based (as is this one) on the collection of Margarethe and Heribert Handel. This new companion volume illustrates many new acquisitions and previously unpublished pieces and features new research on the Bengel factory and history. German/English text. Hardcover. 10"x12", 216 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90430
Price: $ 85.00       

Loring, John. Tiffany Flora / Tiffany Fauna. New York Harry N. Abrams: 2003. A colorful, sumptuous survey of the best and most dramatic in Tiffany jewelry in two volumes, one focusing on animals, the other on flowers. "a striking visual survey of the unparalleled craftsmanship of Tiffany & Co. The effect is like peering into an ark of fantastic, bejeweled creatures-winged dragons with fiery eyes clutching beautiful gems a golden parrot in a jaunty diamond cap and blue enameled pantaloons an extravagant wreath of diamond and platinum leaves and flowers a blushingly suggestive enameled orchid and a Tiffany lamp in blues and greens evoking an illuminated wisteria." The pieces illustrated and described range from the 19th century to the present day. A must-have set for the Tiffany & Co. enthusiast. Hardcover. 2 vols. 7.5"x8.5", 128 + 128 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. Slipcased. Published at $100.00.

Inventory #: 95051
Price: $ 65.00       

Maigne & Robichon. Nouveau Manuel Complet du Marqueteur du Tabletier et de l'Ivoirier. Paris Librairie Encyclopedique de Roret: 1889. A wide-ranging French guide to marquetry and inlay work, covering work in ivory, bone, baleen, mother-of-pearl, amber, horn, tortoiseshell, and celluloid. The text discusses the uses of materials and techniques for decorating furniture, snuff boxes, pipes, combs, jewelry, and other objects. Scarce. Hardcover. 4"x6.25", iv + 428 pages, 43 line illustrations in the text. Bound in new quarter leather with raised bands, gilt title and marbled boards and endpapers. Covers fine, text with some very light scattered foxing and soil.

Inventory #: 31203
Price: $ 400.00       

Mirabella, Grace. Tiffany & Co. London Thames & Hudson: 1997. A slim explosion of a book, a pictorial survey of Tiffany & Co. advertising and photography over the last century. Great fun. Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 79 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New.

Inventory #: 95085
Price: $ 10.00       

Morrill, Penny C. Silver Masters of Mexico. Hector Aguilar and the Taller Borda. Atglen Schiffer Publishing: 1996. A beautifully illustrated study of the work of this important silversmith, formerly a manager for William Spratling. "Here is a magnificent presentation of the Mexican artisans and their creations displayed in 484 beautiful color photographs. The chapters present the master designers and silversmiths whose reputations have grown to international fame with an intimate look at one of the principal designers, H'ctor Aguilar, and the personnel at this workshop. Valentin Vidaurreta, Los Castillo, William Spratling, Antonio Pineda, Hubert Harmon, Enrique Ledesma, and many more craftsmen are represented by their exquisite designs." Hardcover. 9"x12", 224 pages, color illustrations, dj. New.

Inventory #: 90377
Price: $ 49.95       

Mussey, Henry R. The "Fake" Instalment Business. New York The University Settlement Society: 1903. "Being an outline of its development, an account of the revival of imprisonment for debt and of the other outrages practiced by dealers under cover of the law, together with suggestions for the destruction of the 'fake' trade". A study of the so-called "fake" trade -a trade which, according to the author, flourished exclusively in New York's East Side Italian immigrant community. Poor immigrants were sold "gewgaws" and jewelry at "outrageously inflated" prices, often 10 to 20 times what the objects were worth, and signed a draconian contract for installment payments. The corrupt dealer then arranged for them to miss a payment and would immediately demand full payment of the balance. If the immigrant could not borrow enough from friends to pay, a corrupt policeman would arrest him, at which point he would either pay up or be sent to what amounted to debtors prison until his friends and family finally settled the bill. The author also includes proposed legislation to correct this scam. This study was reprinted in 1936, and neither printing is common OCLC locates just 3 copies of each. Softcover. 5.5"x9", 45 [1] pages a poor copy, ex-institutional, completely disbound with the pages and front cover all loose, and rear cover missing. In addition the paper is very brittle and the pages and cover are chipping. For all this, a very scarce item in any condition.

Inventory #: 6884
Price: $ 125.00       

Piers, Harry & Donald C. Mackay. Master Goldsmiths and Silversmiths of Nova Scotia and Their Marks. Halifax The Antiquarian Club: 1948. A pioneering work, along with Traquair, on the history of Canadian silversmithing. The book is based on a paper Harry Piers read before the Nova Scotia Historical Society in 1939. After his death in 1940, Donald Mackay expanded and updated his notes with new material for the publication of this book. The text includes biographies of many smiths, and the illustrations include not only silver but also jewelry. Interestingly, an acknowledgment note thanks the future dean of scholars on Canadian silver, John Langdon, for his help. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 161 pages, 60 b/w plates light soil, some wear, just a bit shaken bookplate.

Inventory #: 4374
Price: $ 250.00       

Ross, Marvin C. The Art of Karl Faberge and His Contemporaries, Russian Imperial Portraits and Mementoes, Imperial Decorations and Watches -The Collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Norman University of Oklahoma Press: 1965. "The collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post are among the most important ever assembled. This book deals mainly with Karl Faberge and his contemporary goldsmiths and silversmiths. Also represented are Russian imperial mementoes and portraits, and decorations and watches. Mrs. Post acquired her first Faberge object in 1927, and in 1931 her daughter gave her Faberge's imperial "Pink Egg" made in 1914. Her great interest in and systematic study of these art objects were given full expression during an extended stay in Russia, from 1936 to 1938". An important catalog for the Faberge lover, and a small but fierce book. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 238 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Light soil, jacket rubbed.

Inventory #: 35427
Price: $ 75.00       

[Stanton Collection] The Precious-Stone Jewelry of the Late May Bonfils Stanton. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: November 14th, 1962. Sale 2142. The un-illustrated edition of this catalog. Heir to the Denver Post fortune, Mrs. Stanton bought -very- nice jewelry, including the diamonds "The Idol's Eye" and "Liberator" from Harry Winston. Softcover. 7"x10", 7 pages, 25 lots, no illustrations.

Inventory #: 7579
Price: $ 15.00       

Syndram, Dirk & Antje Scherner (eds.). Princely Splendour. The Dresden Court 1580-1620. Electa/ Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2004. "The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is the artistic and cultural treasury of Saxony. This exhibit catalog features more than 150 major works of art from the museum-as well as from the world-renowned treasure chamber GrŠnes Gew†lbe (Green Vault)-that illustrate the richness of one of the most spectacular princely collections of Europe from the turn of the 17th century, known as the Dresden Kunstkammer. During this period of unusual economic prosperity, the Electors of Saxony amassed exotic materials and precious stones mounted with gold and silver, along with ivory turnings, ebony furniture, clocks and clockwork figures, arms and armor, and bronze sculpture by important European artists. The book is illustrated with more than 175 color photographs, and gives the provenance of each piece and describes its importance in detail." Softcover. 10"x11", 319 pages, 175+ color illustrations. Bibliography. New. Published at $45.00.

Inventory #: 95041
Price: $ 25.00       

Wallis, Keith. Gemstones. Understanding, Identifying, Buying. Woodbridge Antique Collectors' Club: 2011. "Whether buying gem-set jewelry or loose stones, you will be faced with a colorful array of beauty and value. With such a wide choice - from amethyst to zircon - which should you choose? What is it worth, and how do you even know it is real? All that glitters is not gold, as they say, and all that sparkles is not diamond. Gemstones helps to answer these questions in simple and easy to understand terms. As well as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires, over 100 gems are featured, with full descriptions, technical details, and tips on how to check for fakes illustrated throughout with fabulous color photographs to make identification easier. Technical terms such as refraction and fluorescence are explained and some basic identification tests are introduced. A helpful tour around the world details where gems are best available. Informative appendices include a glossary of terms, tables of specific gravity and refractive index, and the comparative value of different stones. The clear, uncomplicated presentation makes this book a must for anyone interested in gemstones, whether as an investment or simply as a hobby". Hardcover. 9"x9", 160 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 90442
Price: $ 25.00       

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