[HUGHES, Graham]. International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1890 – 1961.

(London): Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1961. First edition. Octavo. Unpaginated. Scarce catalogue for the important exhibition that ran from the 26th October until the 2nd December, 1961. The exhibition put art jewellery on the map and helped to kick-start the revolution in 1960s jewellery design. Antique and avant-garde pieces were mixed in with works by independent designers and jewellery studios from 33 countries. The Historical section, which comprised works from 1890 – 1914, was rich in French jewellery and featured 27 pieces by René Lalique. The Interwar period, 1919 – 1939, included many spare, luxurious, geometric Art Deco pieces from the houses of Cartier and Boucheron. The section devoted to the period of 1945 – 1961 was the only one to be split in two, and featured half the works on view. The exhibition ultimately came to include recent works by Picasso, Alexander Calder, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Arp, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti and Yves Tanguy, borrowed from an array of collectors. Alongside these masters were examples of modern diamond jewellery by Patek Philippe and Harry Winston, reflecting Hughes’s smart decision to enlist the major jewellery houses, thereby ensuring that the exhibition’s glamour index was high enough for the pages of Vogue. A very good copy in card covers with integral dust jacket. A nice copy of this important work.


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