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.
If it is plastic, it will melt, and then you know it isn’t real. Cameos have been known to be of nature, mythological creatures, men and animals.
However, before you purchase one, you need to know more about these one-of-a-kind, instant heirlooms. This question has generated quite a bit of debate in the jewelry world.
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.