Hardback176 PagesSize: 235 x 222 mm
ISBN: 9780853319979Publication: July 28, 2008



Not for sale in: Canada; Philippines; United States

Imperishable Beauty

Art Nouveau Jewelry

Yvonne Markowitz and Elyse Zorn Karlin

£45.00 GBP

  • A fascinating introduction to Art Nouveau jewellery - a less well-documented aspect of the popular Art Nouveau movement
  • The first catalogue of an unknown private collection, with nearly ninety stunning ornaments catalogued and illustrated
  • Includes an interpretation of the iconography found in Art Nouveau jewellery, with objects organised under key themes: flora, fauna, and the human figure


Meandering, looping, flamboyant lines characterise our understanding of the style known as Art Nouveau. In Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry that understanding is explored through the jewels of an American private collection.

Art Nouveau emerged in France and Belgium to become an international style with local variations. Yvonne Markowitz presents an intelligent and thorough overview of the movement, locating its common themes in the art of the Pre-Raphaelites, the theory of John Ruskin, the Symbolist movement and the arts in Japan. She discusses the similarities and differences in style and concludes with a section on materials and techniques. Part 2 looks at the iconography of Art Nouveau jewellery and how a series of motifs was repeated in the work of many jewellers. These symbols were designed to be read and understood by those with artistic taste and sensibility. Elyse Zorn Karlin interprets such works as the sexually charged and fantastically curved carnation by Rene Lalique.

The catalogue consists of nearly ninety ornaments by jewellers as renowned as Rene Lalique, Philippe Wolfers and Henri Vever.
Including a biography of all the artists represented in the collection and using comparative material in the form of posters, textiles and paintings, Imperishable Beauty offers a unique angle on the Art Nouveau movement.

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