A jeweler's eye : Islamic arts of the book from the Vever Collection / Glenn D. Lowry with Susan Nemazee.

by Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)Looking glass; Lowry, Glenn DLooking glass; Nemazee, SusanLooking glass.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in association with University of Washington Press, Seattle, [1988]Description: 240 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm.ISBN: 0295966769; 0295966777.Subject(s): Vever, Henri, 1854-1942 -- Art collections | Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)Looking glassNote: Includes bibliographies and index.
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Includes bibliographies and index.

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This two-volume set is a preliminary but indispensable publication on a collection of Islamic arts of the book. The collection, which previously belonged to Henri Vever, a Parisian jeweler in the early 20th century, was recently acquired by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. The first volume is the checklist of all the objects, divided into five categories: manuscripts (organized by author and type); albums containing samples of calligraphy and miniatures; individual paintings and drawings (organized by type); calligraphy; and bookbindings. Objects within each section are entered chronologically, with black-and-white illustrations, basic archival information concerning date, dimensions, and provenance. Some important objects are provided with brief comments. This volume is meant to be a preparatory listing of works, which are mostly unknown and unpublished. The second volume is the catalog of a small group of objects currently on exhibit at the Sackler Gallery. The volume begins with a brief biographical sketch of Vever, who had a jeweler's eye and taste and represented the best type of 19th-century connoisseur of the fine arts. The biography, samples of sale documents of his European paintings, and ledger of acquisitions of Islamic art offer the art historian an insight into the building of a collection around the turn of the century. There is a brief but informative essay on the nature of patronage and workshops where books were produced, a discussion of the development of art historical studies of Islamic painting in the West, and a catalog of short comments and color plates (of medium quality) of the 76 objects selected for the exhibition. U. U. Bates Hunter College, CUNY