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Author Meylan, Vincent, author.

Title Christie's : the jewellery archives revealed / Vincent Meylan.

Publication Info. Suffolk, UK : ACC Art Books, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    391.709 MEY    Available
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Description 359 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
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Note Includes index.
"First published 2016. Reprinted 2017, 2018. This edition published 2021"--Title page verso.
Contents Guillotine diamonds -- Murdered queens -- Pomp and circumstance -- Empresses in exile -- The French court -- From Christie’s with love -- Soft as a pearl -- Bloody revolutions -- Ladies of the stage -- Gems of the east -- Diamonds are Christie's best friends.
Summary "For centuries, the stories of the world's great jewelry collections have lain hidden within the archives of Christie's, the celebrated auctioneers. From the tragic European queens, Mary, Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette - both beheaded - to Hollywood royalty such as Elizabeth Taylor, the vaults sparkle with the most famous (and occasionally notorious) names of the last 250 years. Author Vincent Meylan explores these remarkable jewelry archives, revealing the mysteries within for the first time. Each sale had its intrigue, each its story to tell. The first auction of jewelry from the British royal family took place at Christie's in 1773, after the death of the Princess of Wales, mother of George III. As the archives reveal, in the subsequent centuries, Christie's has been party to the sale of jewelry by several further generations of British royals, from Lady Patricia Ramsay and the Countess of Southesk through to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. And, in the wake of revolution and regicide further afield, the crown jewels of France, Russia, Bavaria, Serbia, Egypt, India and Spain were all sold at Christie's. Aside from Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary movie star collections of Merle Oberon and Gloria Swanson are also revealed here, as well as the most famous pearls and diamonds in the world; each explored within the context of their owners' remarkable lives. Original documents from the vaults are reproduced in the book, alongside hundreds of color illustrations of the jewels and their owners."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Christie's International Group -- Archives.
Christie's International Group -- History -- Sources.
Jewelry -- History.
Jewelry auctions -- Great Britain -- History.
Genre/Form Illustrated works.
Added Author Christie's International Group.
Christie's International Jewellery Dept.
Added Title Jewellery Archives Revealed
Jewelry Archives Revealed
ISBN 1788841379
9781788841375 (hardcover)

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