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Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Jewels from Imperial St. Petersburg
Topic: Books

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Jewels from Imperial St. Petersburg is more than just a sumptuously and exquisitely illustrated book about “Russian jewelry.”

Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm enlightens us about the provenance of these masterpieces as well as details about each owner and contractor of every particular work of art examined.

The author exposes the reader to names that have been either been relegated to the back burner of history or ignored due to the shining glare of the more familiar and celebrated names such as Faberge, which is a name that is clearly synonymous with Imperial Russia and certainly within the world of fine jewelry masterpieces.

Regarding Faberge, the reader will note that the illustrative examples of the master’s work are not just the world famous eggs but extraordinary pieces of fine jewelry with very few examples of the more decorative, non-wearable items that we have all become so enthralled with.

The jewelry we are exposed to in this book is so beyond the scope of what we know as wearable jewelry that Ms. Tillander-Godenhielm gives the reader an entirely new perspective on life in St. Petersburg during this abbreviated period of time.

In essence, the author not only tells the story of these inconceivable treasures but she also educates us on a sociological tangent with respect to “lifestyles of the rich and royal” during that time frame.

Suffice it to say Jewels from Imperial St. Petersburg is a book for jewelry lovers, the culturally enlightened, and history aficionados who share an interest in the Romanovs and Imperial Russia.

Large hard cover with 296 pages, 375 colour photographs.

Note: this review by Jeffrey Felner is condensed from the New York Journal of Books.

© Paul Gilbert - Bookseller. 27 March, 2013



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:45 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:55 PM EDT
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