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Seller: ancientgifts (4,183) 99.3%, Location: Ferndale, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122163182957 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The Guy Ladrière Collection of Gems and Rings by Diana Scarisbrick and Claudia Wagner. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket. Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers (2016). Pages: 320. Size: 10 x 8 x 1¼ inches; 3½ pounds. One of the world’s finest assemblages of rings and gemstones, the Guy Ladrière Collection in Paris is of major importance both to the collector and the art historian. This handsome volume, written and compiled by three of the foremost experts on gems and semi-precious stones, is the first to catalogue, illustrate and describe all the pieces in the Collection. Comprising some three hundred items, and including a rich and varied mixture of cameos and intaglios, the Collection ranges from ancient artifacts originating in the Minoan period to gemstones and rings of the nineteenth century. It also boasts many medieval pieces, Christian crystal plaques and Lombardic stones with inscriptions. Of special interest are the prize pieces in the Collection. These include the famous rhinoceros, most probably depicting an identifiable animal (the celebrated ‘Madrid’ rhinoceros, also known as the ‘Marvel of Lisbon’ and taken from Portugal to Spain in 1583); Queen Elizabeth I crowned with the mythological lionskin of Hercules, and presented as the power to tame the forces of evil; and some remarkable and varied pairs of heads. CONDITION: NEW. NEW oversized (10½ x 8½ inch) hardcover w/dustjacket. Philip Wilson Publishers (2016) 320 pages. Unblemished and pristine in every respect. Pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Meticulous and accurate descriptions! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #8652a. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Diana Scarisbrick, a noted authority on engraved gems, and a former Jewelry Editor at Harpers & Queen Magazine, is now a Research Associate at the Beazley Archive in the University of Oxford. Her many publications include “Finger Rings: Ancient and Modern” (2006) and “Rings: Miniature Monuments to Love, Power and Devotion” (2014). REVIEW: Claudia Wagner is a Senior Researcher at the Beazley Archive, where she directs the gems databases and research program, and Senior Research Lecturer at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is co-author (with John Boardman) of The Marlborough Gems (2009). REVIEW: Sir John Boardman, FBA, is Emeritus Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art in the University of Oxford. His many books include “The History of Greek Vases” (2006) “The Oxford History of Classical Art” (1997), “The Oxford History of the Classical World” (1986) and “The World of Ancient Art” (2006). PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: This book catalogues, for the first time, the world-class collection of antique rings, engraved gemstones, and cameos of Parisian art dealer and collector Guy Ladrière. Cameos and intaglios are the focus and stars of this assemblage of nearly 300 pieces, with sumptuous color photographs of these coveted rare gems. The three co-authors are all well respected authorities in their fields. Diana Scarisbrick is a noted jewelry historian and author of a number of books, including "Finger Rings: Ancient to Modern" (2006) and "Rings: Miniature Monuments to Love, Power and Devotion" (2014). Claudia Wagner, a senior researcher at Oxford University’s Beazley Archive, wrote "The Marlborough Gems" (2009) with Sir John Boardman, the third co-author of this book. Boardman is Emeritus Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art at the University of Oxford. He also authored "Greek Gems and Finger Rings" (2001), "The World of Ancient Art" (2006), and "Greek Art" (2012) among other titles. Scarisbrick’s introduction gives the reader a glimpse into Guy Ladrière’s world and his passion for engraved stones. She tells the story of how this Parisian dealer of Old Master paintings and sculpture became fascinated with engraved gemstones during a research period at the Louvre. From this initial spark came a thirst for knowledge on the topic of ancient intaglios and cameos. He studied museum collections in France, Austria, England, and Italy. Ladrière came to realize that the art form was worth collecting no matter the era in which it was created, and over the years he acquired these small sculptures from many time periods. This catalog shows the wide range of high-quality historical gems that Ladrière has assembled, including Roman rings, medieval intaglios, Renaissance cameos, eighteenth century brooches, and more. The first chapter, entitled “In The Round,” focuses on stones carved as full three-dimensional sculptures. There are ten stones in this chapter, dating from the late 1st century to the 19th century. The first piece in this chapter is an exquisitely carved portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, crowned with a lion skin of Hercules, as the mythological queen Omphale. Elizabeth encouraged allegorical portraits of herself for political purposes, and the lion skin of Hercules represents the power to fight evil. This piece is carved from a red and lilac agate, and dates from the late sixteenth century. A classical bust of a man (possibly the Roman emperor Domitian) wearing a scale corselet or breastplate, is carved in turquoise with intricate detail. Dating from the late first century, this small sculpture emulates the large marble busts of Roman emperors in military armor, but on a miniature scale. The classical theme is seen in other small carvings as well, such as an eighteenth century chrome chalcedony bust of Jupiter Serapis, with his long hair and beard and modius on his head, and a chrysoprase bust of Hippocrates, the father of medicine and science, circa 1820. An unusual sardonyx from the late sixteenth/early seventeenth century, carved with three grotesque heads, is photographed in beautiful detail. It was mounted later with a gold and amethyst snake style hinges and pendant ring. The large noses and full lips give each face its own character. Stones like these, according to the text, were originally inserted into the handles of daggers. “Cameos” is the largest chapter, filled with some of the most beautiful cameos this reviewer has seen in any collection. They are carved from a wide variety of stones such as sardonyx, carnelian, and turquoise. Some are set as brooches or stickpins or set in gold rings; one example is carved from a ring made out of one piece of red amber. The majority of the cameos are heads in profile, some in very high relief but a few in three-quarter view. One from the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century, called just “The Head of a Youth,” is unique because it is not a full profile. The subject actually is turning his head slightly away from the viewer, and his high relief ear is at the center of the composition, a unique twist on the traditional pose. A portrait of Alexander the Great with Ammon horns in yellow and white onyx is mounted in a brooch with four tourmalines. The piece has an elegant classical style with golden locks of hair carved from the yellow onyx. There are no fewer than eleven Medusa head cameos in this section, dating from first century Rome through the Victorian period. A popular classical motif, Medusa with her hair writhing with snakes is represented in red carnelian, agate, turquoise, and light blue chalcedony. The mountings used are almost as beautiful as the cameos themselves. A portrait bust of Louis XIII in yellow and red sardonyx is framed in a seventeenth century frame of pearls, diamonds, and enameled palmette panels. On the opposite page is a high relief sardonyx of an African man with a gold and diamond diadem in a gold stickpin. In a section on figural cameos, there is a Renaissance revival pendant with elaborate enameled designs set with emeralds, pearls and diamonds. The sardonyx cameo is of Ganymede with Jupiter as an eagle seated on rocks. The chapter ends with animal cameos, including a charming rhinoceros from the sixteenth century depicting the “Marvel of Lisbon,” a famous rhino that arrived at the Portuguese court in 1577. The chapter on intaglios focuses on concave engravings, which differ from raised convex carvings associated with cameos. The majority of the intaglios are set in signet rings or seals. Used for centuries to personalize documents, these gems were pressed into wax to make the mark of the owner or originator of the document. This book shows not only the photo of the intaglio gem in its setting, but also the wax impression it makes in a black and white photograph. This allows the reader to see some details of the design that are difficult to see just looking at the engraved gem. A first century ring, with an intaglio head of a Roman man carved in a ruby, shows the profile of a man wearing a laurel wreath, similar to the one that first inspired the collection. Ladrière’s collection of rings is wide ranging. The “Rings” chapter starts with Greek and Roman rings, and then moves to the Middle Ages with Merovingian, Lombardic, and Byzantine pieces. Engraved gold signet rings and intaglio stones are testaments to the time and culture in which they were made. It is a history of early Western rings all in one collection. One of the most beautiful pieces in the collection is in the “Christian Subject” chapter. A rock crystal plaque made in Rome around 1530–40, depicts the flagellation of Christ, who is bound to a Roman column. The plaque is etched in amazing detail and in typical classical Renaissance perspective. The architecture and all the figures depicted are classical ideal proportions, and depth is created with a strong linear perspective, as seen in the paintings from that period. Despite the cracks and chipping that have accrued over the centuries, it is still a masterwork of the engravers’ art. This book would be a wonderful addition to the library of art historians, jewelry enthusiasts, or anyone who has a passion for beautifully engraved gemstones. [Gemological Institute of America]. REVIEW: There can be few collections of gems and rings in private hands that are so large, rich and varied and which contain so many items of such importance. The tone is set by the very first item in the catalog: a contemporary bust in the round of Queen Elizabeth as Hercules. There are important Greek and Roman gems and rings, and a rich assortment of Late Antique and Merovingian gems and rings, as well as Byzantine and Medieval gems and gem-settings, including spectacular works from the court of the Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II. For me the stars of the show lie in the Renaissance and Early Modern period, especially the representation of an Indian rhinoceros: a cameo carved by Jacopo da Trezzo. A number of the gems are recorded as having come from important old collections - for instance those formally in the possession of, respectively, the Earl of Arundel, Cardinal Albani, Marlborough, Wyndham Cook and Sir John Evans. In reality many of the items are very small, and a great joy of the volume is the quite magnificent photography. In opening this volume you will be unlocking the doors of a Kunstkammer and viewing a cabinet of rare marvels. [Martin E Henig, Honorary Visiting Professor of Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London; formerly Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford]. REVIEW: The Guy Ladrière collection in Paris, which includes artifacts from the Minoan period to 19th century gems, is an important historical jewelry collection and has been celebrated in an exceptional new book written by Diana Scarisbrick, Claudia Wagner and John Boardman called “The Guy Ladrière Collection of Gems and Rings”. REVIEW: This handsome volume, written and compiled by three of the foremost experts on gems and semi-precious stones, is the first to catalogue, illustrate and describe all the pieces in the Guy Ladriere Collection. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: A definite must for the jewelry historian. Beautiful book. Very useful for the collector of carved and engraved gems. Proud to add this book to my collection of books on cameos and carved gems. REVIEW: Breathtaking - stunningly beautiful. Concise descriptions with beautiful photographs. Always discovering something new to admire when opening this book. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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