Fine in Near Fine jacket. 10 1/4" x 11 3/4" 228pgs. with 166 full color illustrations. Black Cloth, gilt lettering on the spine. As new. Unclipped pictorial jacket has minimal wear, otherwise as new. Treasures of Florence: The Medici Collection 1400-1700 reunites the most beautiful jewellery and ornaments in the Medici collection from the 15th to 18th centuries. Although today these objects are distributed among several Florentine museums, they are presented here together. The book divides the fascinating history of the Medici family into a series of chapters each devoted to a major patron within the dynasty.
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VG-(Slight edge wear to dj; light tanning to edges of book block; interior is clean and sharp. ) Black cloth, gilt letters on spine, dark blue & color illus. dust jacket, 227 pp., 166 color illus., 13 BW illus.; weighs 4 lbs. "Reunites the most beautiful jewellery and ornaments in the Medici collection fromt he 15th to 18th centuries....Divides the fascinating history of the Medici family into a series of chapters each devoted to a major patron within the dynasty. These chapters provide a detailed history and description of the objects and their makers and the reasons they were commissioned or purchased....The focus of the Medicis' collection was jewellery, gems, cameos, ornaments and exotic objects. It also included antique vases made using the pietra-dura technique, whose value was increased through elaborate borders made of gold, silver or enamel....Boasts a rich variety, from the works of Benvenuto Cellini, through Baroque art, to exotic pieces from Asia, Mexico, and India. The final chapter examines the exquisite jewels which belonged to the Elector Anna Maria Ludovica, the last ruler of the Medici dynasty." (dj).
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