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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Ferndale, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122072742791 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! Towards an Art History of Medieval Rings by Diana Scarisbrick. 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: Softcover. Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing (2016). Pages: 260. Size: 8¾ x 7¼ x 1 inch; 1¾ pounds.. There is a long tradition of collecting rings dating back to the 17th century when their significance was first appreciated in Europe although their use and manufacture dates back to antiquity. Well-known collections were made by enthusiasts as diverse as the French aristocrat Baron Jérôme Davillier (1815-1890), whose collection included the ring of the Black Prince found in the ruins of the Castle of Montpensier in 1866, and C. D. Fortnum (1820-1899) whose income came from the famous grocery store in Piccadilly. Rings can take us back through time, illuminating vanished worlds and bringing their former owners back to life. Some rings are intensely personal, particularly wedding and mourning rings, while others denote the status of their owners: monarchs, nobles, those high in the hierarchy of the church and rich merchants, amongst others. CONDITION: NEW. New softcover. Paul Holberton Publishing (2016) 260 pages. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect. Pages are pristine; 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! #8333a. 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: This book presents 35 medieval and Renaissance rings in a private collection. Dating between approximately 300 C.E. and 1600 C.E., these rings, assembled over nearly two decades, represent fine examples of most of the major types of rings created during this time period in Western Europe and Byzantium: marriage rings, seal rings, stirrup rings, tart mold rings, iconographic rings, merchant rings, gemstone rings, etc. Diana Scarisbrick has contributed an illustrated introduction on "Collecting Rings." Following the introduction, Sandra Hindman has written descriptions of each ring. Organized chronologically, descriptions offer comparisons with rings in major public collections and situate each ring in its art-historical context often with comparisons to works of art in other media. A catalogue, written by Ilaria Fatone, presents comparisons, provenance, exhibitions, and bibliographies for each ring; where possible, the catalogue also includes a census of each type of ring from examples in public and private collections. A technical section by the conservator Angelique Laurent-di Mantova studies each ring, its material, fabrication, signs of use, and so forth. The contribution of this book, in addition to making known a collection of high-quality rings, lies in its art-historical observations. REVIEW: Toward an Art History of Medieval Rings gives a full survey of Merovingian, Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance rings, building on the basis of a private collection of 35 rings assembled over nearly two decades. These rings range in date from around 300 to 1600 AD and are fine examples of most of the major types of ring created during this period. They include marriage rings, seal rings, stirrup rings, tart mould rings, iconographic rings, merchant rings and gemstone rings and are arranged chronologically in the book. Sandra Hindman describes each ring, placing it in its art historical context often with comparisons with works of art in other media and also with rings in major public collections. Ilaria Fatone discusses the provenance, exhibitions and bibliographies of each ring and there is also a technical section by conservator Angélique Laurent-Di Mantova who studies each ring, its material, fabrication, and use. Collecting rings has always been stimulated by new discoveries and in recent years the use of the metal detector has brought to light some exceptional medieval rings. As Diana Scarisbrick says in her introduction to this book: “Each of the rings recorded in this catalogue, which meant so much to their original owners and, given the odds, whose survival is miraculous, should go on to give aesthetic and intellectual pleasure to today’s collectors.” Diana SCARISBRICK is a renowned historian of jewelry who has published numerous books on rings, among which are (with G. Taylor), “Finger Rings from Ancient Egypt to the Present Day” (London and Oxford, 1978); “Rings: Symbols of Wealth, Power, and Affection” (London, 1993); (with M. Henig), “Finger Rings from Ancient to Modern” [Ashmolean Handbooks] (Oxford, 2003); “Historic Rings: Four Thousands Years of Craftsmanship”, (Tokyo 2004). Sandra HINDMAN is Professor Emerita of Art History at Northwestern University and owner, Les Enluminures, Chicago and Paris, and has written numerous books and articles on medieval manuscript illumination. Ilaria FATONE holds degrees in Art History from the University of Milan and the University of Bocconi and is the director of Les Enluminures. Angelique LAURENT-DI MANTOVA is a freelance conservator who has worked for the Musée du Louvre, the Musée Guimet, the Musée d’Orsay, the Petit Palais, and elsewhere, and has published widely (most recently Trésors Antiques, bijoux de la collection Campana, Paris, 2005). REVIEW: Diana Scarisbrick is a historian specializing in jewelry and engraved gems. Her previous books include Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty and Portrait Jewels: Opulence and Intimacy from the Medici to the Romanovs. She is a Research Associate at the Beazley Archive, Oxford, and recently collaborated with Sir John Boardman on The Marlborough Gems. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: The 35 rings in this private collection belong to Sandra Hindman, owner of Les Enluminures, a gallery of artworks from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance with locations in Paris, Chicago, and New York. The book is the accompanying catalog to recent exhibitions at Les Enluminures. It is one of the few modern volumes on the topic of medieval rings. Beautifully printed and illustrated, it is a scholarly overview of the design and use of medieval rings ranging from the Early Byzantine period through the Renaissance. The book is divided into individual chapters: Byzantine & Early Christian, Early Medieval, Gothic, and Renaissance. Each chapter gives a brief overview of the period and the drivers that influenced the creation of these rarities. The contents have been arranged chronologically so as to compare and contrast the styles between and within each period. In addition to multiple images of each ring, there are comparative photos of rings and objects in other collections. The book also presents the catalogue entry for each of the rings, featuring their description and technical details on construction and condition. Towards an Art History of Medieval Rings is an exceptionally crafted and well-organized book for anyone interested in this rare topic. [Gemological Institute of America]. REVIEW: Rings can take us back through time, illuminating vanished worlds and bringing their former owners back to life. Toward an Art History of Medieval Rings gives a full survey of Merovingian, Byzantine, Medieval, and Renaissance rings, built on the basis of a private collection of 35 rings assembled over nearly two decades. The rings range in date from around 300 to 1600 AD and are fine examples of most of the major types of ring created during this period. They include marriage rings, seal rings, stirrup rings, tart mould rings, iconographic rings, merchant rings, and gemstone rings, and are arranged chronologically. Sandra Hindman describes each ring, placing it in its art historical context, often with comparisons to works of art in other media and rings in major public collections. Ilaria Fatone discusses the provenance, exhibition, and bibliographies of each ring. There is also a technical section by conservator Angélique Laurent-Di Montova who studies each ring, its material, fabrication, and use. REVIEW: Rings are at once the most intimate forms of jewelry and personal forms of art. This book focuses on approximately fifty rings from a distinguished private collection, tracing the ways that rings of the Middle Ages and Renaissance came to be meaningful. From the mine to the modern collection and through the forge, the goldsmith’s shop, and the hands of successive generations of owners, these rings underwent journeys that lent them multifaceted and often multilayered resonances. This book explores these pathways and examines how people throughout history have interacted with multiple aspects of these small but remarkably complex objects. An introduction by Diana Scarisbrick supplements this biography of rings by investigating five prominent ring enthusiasts whose lives, interests, and collections have played prominent roles in the development of the modern appraisal of rings, while providing a chronological sequence for the rings in this book. A catalog of the rings, including their technical details, accompanies the text. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: "Towards an Art History of Medieval Rings: A Private Collection" takes you through a collection of rare medieval rings--35 to be precise. Each ring has a description and several short paragraphs about it, how it relates to the time period, the symbolism/materials used/etc, and also sometimes gives a references to another ring(s) from other private collections that are similar and compares them. Also referenced are paintings from the time period that reveal clues to how a circa date was put onto the pieces or any other significant connections between the two. What one must understand is this time period has such a scarce amount of examples that are present today that each one is not only a rare piece of history but a primary clue into the time period. The first examples of rings date back to the Byzantine Empire, with some examples of early Christian rings. An early Christian marriage ring is a part of the collection, with an engraved portrait of a facing couple on the front of the ring. The example is roughly from the year 500AD. The next chapter depicts Early Medieval rings, with my favorite being the Viking braided ring, which dates back to the 9th century. The Gothic time period is illustrated next, with cusped rings first showing up during this time period--a derivative of the claw settings. The 13th-14th centuries producing some great fede rings, intaglios and my favorite from this particular collection--a gothic heart ring. There is also an example of a pendant from the 15th century that is inscribed "sadness is pleasure" on a heart shape, with tears engraved on the other side. That's amazing! The last chapter focuses on Renaissance rings, again with an example of a cusped ring, a merchant signet ring and some enameled examples. The book is organized really well for quick reference and easy reading. I think that is what I like most about it besides the wonderful photos. One ring alone can account for 4-6 pages, so you can cover several ring and several pages within an afternoon of reading. This one's going into my bookshelf and I hope it will be in yours too! REVIEW: Very well documented, bright images and essential text. REVIEW: Five stars! Absolutely brilliant! Fabulous photography. 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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