Paris. Les Editions de l'Amateur. 1994. First French edition. Pale green cloth-bound boards with gilt titles, dust jacket. 399 pages. Richly inscribed in ink by Francoise Cailles to the previous owner on the half-title. Illustrated throughout in colour and b&w. 320 x 245mm (12½ x 9¾"). 3kg. 2859171746. French. Near fine; a small knock towards the lower half of the spine, effecting the jacket only; a very slight roll to spine, as usual.
The very scarce book on the French jewellery firm Rene Boivin. The Parisian jewellery house was founded by Rene Boivin at the beginning of the 20th century and had strong links with the fashion houses of the day. The bold and colourful creations made by the firm are today highly sought after and very collectible. None of the pieces were signed, making this book an essential reference. The book examines the life and career of Rene and then his wife Jeanne, who taken over the firm upon his death. It also references the other female designers in the firm - Juliette Moutard, Germaine Boivin and Suzanne Belperron. The detailed text is supported by many photos of the jewels, illustrations of sketches and archival photographs.