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THE ART OF FRENCH JEWELRY The Belle Epoque of French Jewellery 1850-1910, by Dr. Michael Koch et al. 340 pages. 258 color, 60 black/white illustrations. 1991. $105. (JCK Data Center EZ-001.) To order call (310) 343-9204. Without a doubt, the goldsmith's art reached its zenith in France during the second half of the 19th century. This was the period when romantic historicism led to the revolutionary and enduring Art Nouveau style. It was a time when technique, design, patronage and style converged to produce jewelry that would captivate audiences for a hundred years. Packed with its 258 large color plates, this exquisite coffee-table book has two sections: a series of essays on the styles, artisans and importance of the period's jewelry and a catalog of an exhibition at the Bayerisches National Museum that inspired research and resurgence of interest in Art Nouveau jewelry. The ei
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