Henri Vever: French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century



ISBN: 9780500237847 Category:

Henri Vever, Katherine Purcell


Vever’s La Bijouterie Française au XIXem Siècle was first published in France between 1906-08: it has been the bible of all jewelry experts, buyers, sellers, scholars and historians ever since. Only 1,000 copies were originally produced, and it has been out of print for many years, appearing only rarely in the auction houses where it fetches very large sums.

This volume – the first ever complete translation into English – includes over 1400 illustrations: photographs, sketches for jewels and prints from fashion magazines. 136 colour photographs of jewels now in the Musée des Arts Decoratifs are new to this edition.

All the great and now more obscure jewelers are included in the text and illustrations: Alphonse Fouquet, Boucheron, Falize, Froment-Maurice, Cartier, Chaumet, Georges Fouquet, Gaillard, Vever, Lalique, and many many more.

The discussion in the text is not only of the individual jewels and types of jewelry, but also includes many entertaining anecdotes about the jewelers’ relations with their customers and with society in general. Being himself a jeweler, Henri Vever was able to talk personally with all the people he writes about (or their followers), so the book has an unusual degree of authority.

Additional information

Weight 4885 g
Dimensions 19.7 x 28.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 16 August 2001
Number of pages 1312
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.7 x 28.8 cm
Weight 4885 g


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Henri Vever: French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Katherine Purcell is the author of Falize: A Dynasty of Jewelers, also published by Thames & Hudson.