by Monica Lynn
& Patricia Rooser Clements
review by Sandra Todaro
Cameo lovers will be delighted
with Schiffer’s latest addition to their Pocket Guide series. As stated by the
authors, this volume is intended to serve as a companion to their first book,
Cameos: Classical to Costume. The vast collection displayed includes formal
carvings of the nineteenth century all the way to the colorful plastic and glass
examples frequently found in contemporary costume pieces.
While not a cameo
collector, I found upon reflection that I possess at least ten myself. My first
was given to me on my wedding day, a gift from my husband. Numbers two and three
were presents from him on the births of our two sons. Number four was a gift
from his mother it had belonged to his grandmother. The others have been
acquired in much the same manner.
What is it about these figural pieces that
attracts and holds us, whether they’re shell, rock, lava, glass or plastic?
Whatever it is, we’re in good company.
Cameos have attracted and held
mankind’s attention for thousands of years and the fascination shows no signs
of abating. So, whether you’re a serious collector, a casual browser or a
curious neophyte, set aside an hour or two to spend with Cameos: A Pocket Guide.
you won’t regret it.
Review reprinted with
permission from VFCJ and the author
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