Jewels from Imperial St. Petersburg by Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm

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...Jewels from Imperial St. Petersburg is a book for jewelry lovers, history aficionados, the culturally enlightened, and just about anyone who can appreciate the beauty of unique and beautiful jewelry, paintings, and photos.
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A beautiful record and a stunning gift for the connoisseur of Imperial Russian jewelry
Imperial Russian jewelry has its own special allure and is highly appreciated by collectors and connoisseurs around the world.

This book offers a fascinating range of jewels and objects d'art crafted in St Petersburg during the golden age of ornamental design. Starting with the reign of Elizabeth, Empress of Russia, through that of Catherine the Great and ending in 1917 with the passing of Nicholas the 2nd, the book is intertwined with captivating personal and imperial history. It describes the development of style and design within the art of the St Petersburg goldsmith, while putting it into historical context.

Many of the pieces portrayed come from private collections in Finland and Sweden, each with a unique prominence happily preserved in anecdotes, letters, diaries, historical documents, and photographs. Magnificent portraits from Russia's most prestigious museums can likewise be found throughout the book's 300 deeply illustrated pages.
 

About Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm

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Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm, Ph.D., is the great-granddaughter of the St. Petersburg goldsmith Alexander Tillander, a leading supplier to the Imperial Russian Court. She has been researching the oeuvre of Russian jewelers for many years. Her doctoral dissertation was on the labyrinthine and intriguing award system of Imperial Russia. Her work takes her around the world: lecturing, consulting for art exhibitions and writing in exhibition catalogues and for art publications. She has published several books on her specialty, the art of the jewelers of Imperial St Petersburg.
 
Published January 14, 2013 by Unicorn Press Ltd. 296 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Jeffrey Felner on Mar 14 2013

...Jewels from Imperial St. Petersburg is a book for jewelry lovers, history aficionados, the culturally enlightened, and just about anyone who can appreciate the beauty of unique and beautiful jewelry, paintings, and photos.

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