TRIBUTE TO AMERICA
Costume Jewelry 1935-1950
by Carla Ginelli
and Robert Brunialti
review by Sandra Todaro
E questo il libro? Si, e il
libro. A Tribute to
America is, indeed, the book; and the book is in English, not Italian as its
cousin was. Carla Ginelli Brunialti and Roberto Brunialti have produced an
impressive volume of costume jewelry reference spanning the years from 1935 to
It is a lovely volume, backed
up by scholarship. Coming out of a desire to commemorate the September 2001
terrorist attack on America, the volume begins with solid text discussions of
major manufacturers and themes, then gets down to business with hundreds of
colour (how European!) plates, expertly photographed by Guiseppe Gislon.
A Tribute to America
is lavishly illustrated. The Patriotic section is seasoned with poster art,
illustrations, and advertising from the World War II period. The jewelry section
- and it is hefty - is full of jewelry in color and the text for the pieces is
identified by plate numbers and line drawings in some cases.
Within these covers
are pieces you will not see elsewhere and many are the sorts of things that make
real collectors excited. The Elzac section is especially interesting if you have
ever run across these ceramic works and wondered about them.
This is a book beautiful enough
to be a coffee table volume and informative enough to be a necessary reference
work. While the acquisition price might make you pause, what you get for your
investment will convince you of your shopping skills.
The two volumes, the Italian
and the English, constitute a set every costume jewelry library should include.
Review reprinted with
permission from Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry and the author
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