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Transient possessions: circulation, replication, and transmission of gems and jewels in Quattrocento Italy

Clark, Leah R. (2011). Transient possessions: circulation, replication, and transmission of gems and jewels in Quattrocento Italy. Journal of Early Modern History, 15(3) pp. 185–221.

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Abstract

This article examines the circulation of gems, jewelry, and antique hardstones, through merchant-banking networks in Italy in the late Quattrocento. The practices of pawning and exchange facilitated the circulation of objects, causing those goods to change hands constantly and to come into contact with a wide range of individuals, a process through which these artifacts accrued histories. Particular gems were sought after, not only for their material or artistic worth, but also for their histories and their previous illustrious owners, and many jewels were invested with names. Aside from their physical circulation, these objects were disseminated in visual form through replication across media, which raises questions around ownership, copies, and collections in the late fifteenth century.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden
ISSN: 1570-0658
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Keywords: Florence; Ferrara; credit; mercantile exchange; art history; merchant-bankers; Naples; antiquities; collecting; early modern networks; Italy; court culture; pawning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Art History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 37733
Depositing User: Leah Clark
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 09:34
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 08:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/37733
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