By Elizabeth Coatsworth
Through the Anglo-Saxon interval, goldsmiths produced paintings of a excessive ordinary in either layout and craftsmanship, either for private adornment, and to decorate bookbindings, reliquaries, vessels and guns. a few works are popular, rather the terrific gold and garnet regalia from Sutton Hoo, yet this represents just a fraction even of the surviving paintings, and lots more and plenty extra has been misplaced. This booklet is the 1st to examine the goldsmiths' items in the course of the eyes of either a consultant within the interval and a realistic craftsman, combining shut exam of the outside and constitution of the gadgets with research of inscriptions and facts for layout, and with literary and visible resources of facts for smiths and their paintings. Archaeological and documentary proof for workshops, instruments and dealing techniques can also be assessed, and up to date technical info on fabrics and strategies is juxtaposed with new useful study to throw gentle on production and ornamental strategies, and, extra largely, to offer a clean concept of the location of the goldsmith in his society.
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