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The Global Connections of Gandharan Art

The Global Connections of Gandharan Art
Proceedings of the Third International Workshop of the Gandhāra Connections Project, University of Oxford, 18th-19th March, 2019

edited by Wannaporn Rienjang and Peter Stewart

ISBN 978-1-78969-695-0
ISBN 978-1-78969-696-7 (e-Pdf)
DOI: 10.32028/9781789696950

Published September 2020

The third volume of the Gandhara Connections project at Oxford University’s Classical Art Research Centre presents a range of studies on the relationship of Gandhara to other art traditions. It addresses the project's key theme – the relationship between Gandharan art and the cultures of the Roman Empire and Greece – as well as examining the influence of this region on imagery elsewhere in Central Asia, South Asia, and China.

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Masterpieces in Miniature (The Philip Wilson Gems and Jewellery Series)

Masterpieces in Miniature (The Philip Wilson Gems and Jewellery Series)
by Claudia Wagner and Sir John Boardman

Published January 2020

The creation of miniature intaglios - or incised carvings - which could be impressed on clay or wax was one of the earliest crafts of civilisation. To this the Greeks added relief cameos, while comparable skills were lavished on the decoration of metal finger rings. These artefacts record subjects of significance for their period and place but are also the direct expression of an artist's skills and imagination. Engraved gems were collected first by the ancient Romans and then throughout the Renaissance were a source for knowledge of `classical' subjects and styles, when they were copied - from Michelangelo to Rubens - by the foremost artists of the day. The gemstones explored here are from a distinguished collection made in the earlier twentieth century by a notable connoisseur of ancient art. Many originate from named older European collections and were previously unknown to scholars and collectors. The authors have sought to offer a balanced selection of earlier eastern and Greek stones, alongside others from the neo-classical era. The book offers a survey of the finest products of the gems craft over millennia.

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The Geography of Gandharan Art

The Geography of Gandharan Art
Proceedings of the Second International Workshop of the Gandhāra Connections Project, University of Oxford, 22nd-23rd March, 2018

edited by Wannaporn Rienjang and Peter Stewart

ISBN 978 1 78491 855 2
ISBN 978 1 78491 856 (e-Pdf)
DOI: 10.32028/9781789691863

Published March 2019

This second volume of the Gandhara Connections project at Oxford University’s Classical Art Research Centre presents the proceedings of a workshop held in March 2018. Its aim is to pick apart the regional geography of Gandhāran art, presenting new discoveries at particular sites, textual evidence, and the challenges and opportunities of exploring Gandhāra’s artistic geography.

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Natter's Museum Britannicum

Natter's Museum Britannicum
British Gem Collections and Collectors of the Mid-Eighteenth Century

by Sir John Boardman, Julia Kagen and Claudia Wagner with contributions by Catherine Phillips

Published January 2019

The German gem-engraver, medallist, and amateur scholar Lorenz Natter (1705- 1763), was so impressed by the size and quality of the collections of ancient and later engraved gems which he found in Britain that he proposed the publication of an extraordinarily ambitious catalogue – Museum Britannicum – which would present engravings and descriptions of the most important pieces. He made considerable progress to this end, producing several hundred drawings, but in time he decided to abandon the near completed project in the light of the apparent lack of interest shown in Britain. Only one of the intended plates in its final form ever appeared, in a catalogue which he published separately for Lord Bessborough’s collection. On Natter’s death the single copy of his magnum opus vanished mysteriously, presumed lost forever.

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The Beverley Collection of Gems at Alnwick Castle

The Beverley Collection of Gems at Alnwick Castle
by Diana Scarisbrick, Claudia Wagner, and Sir John Boardman

Published January 2018

Alnwick Castle, ancestral seat of the Earls of Northumberland – the House of Percy – was built as a border fortress against the Scots in the twelfth century, if not earlier. Substantially enlarged in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and remaining in Percy family hands to this day, it stands now as a prime example of robust stone defensive architecture. Much visited and admired for its impressive exterior and interior, this dramatic stronghold and stately home is the setting for one of the most distinguished assemblages of gems in Great Britain still in private hands.

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Problems of Chronology in Gandharan Art

Problems of Chronology in Gandharan Art
Proceedings of the First International Workshop of the Gandhāra Connections Project, University of Oxford, 23rd-24th March, 2017

edited by Wannaporn Rienjang and Peter Stewart

ISBN 978 1 78491 855 2
ISBN 978 1 78491 856 (e-Pdf)
DOI: 10.32028/9781784918552

Published January 2018

This is the first publication of the Gandhāra Connections project at the University of Oxford’s Classical Art Research Centre, which has been supported by the Bagri Foundation and the Neil Kreitman Foundation. It presents the proceedings of the first of three international workshops on fundamental questions in the study of Gandhāran art, held at Oxford in March 2017.

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The Ladrière Collection of Gems and Rings

The Ladrière Collection of Gems and Rings
by Diana Scarisbrick, Claudia Wagner, and Sir John Boardman

Published January 2017

One of the world's finest assemblages of rings and gemstones, the Guy Ladrière Collection in Paris is of major art-historical importance. This handsome volume, co-written and compiled by CARC's researchers, is the first to catalogue, illustrate and describe all the pieces in the collection. Comprising some three hundred items, and including a rich and varied mixture of cameos and intaglios, the collection ranges from ancient artefacts originating in the Minoan period to gemstones and rings of the nineteenth century. It also boasts many medieval pieces, Christian crystal plaques and Lombardic stones with inscriptions.

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The Marlborough Gems. Formerly at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

The Marlborough Gems. Formerly at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
by John Boardman. With Diana Scarisbrick, Claudia Wagner and Erika Zwierlein-Diehl.

ISBN 978 0 19 923751 7

Published January 2009

The collection of about 800 engraved gems of the Fourth Duke of Marlborough (1739-1817) at Blenheim Palace was the largest and most important of the 18th-century English collections. It comprised a Renaissance collection of the Gonzaga Dukes of Mantua, acquired by Lord Arundel in the mid-17th century; the mid-18th-century collection of Lord Bessborough; and the Duke's own acquisitions in Italy and elsewhere.

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Haspels Addenda

Volume ISBN 0 19 726315 1
Haspels Addenda
compiled by T. Mannack at the Beazley Archive

Published January 2006

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Summary Guide to Corpus Vasorum Antiqurorum (second edition)

Summary Guide to Corpus Vasorum Antiqurorum (second edition)
updated by T. Mannack at the Beazley Archive

ISBN 0 19 726203 1

Published January 2000

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Beazley Addenda (second edition)

Beazley Addenda (second edition)
compiled by T.H. Carpenter at the Beazley Archive

ISBN 0 19 726069 1

Published January 1989

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Summary Guide to Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum

Summary Guide to Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum
compiled by T.H. Carpenter at the Beazley Archive

ISBN 0 19 726033 0

Published January 1984

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Beazley Addenda, Additional References to ABV, ARV & Paralipomena

Beazley Addenda, Additional References to ABV, ARV & Paralipomena
compiled by L. Burn and R. Glynn at the Beazley Archive

ISBN 0 19 726018 7

Published January 1982

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The Relief Plaques of Eastern Eurasia and China

The Relief Plaques of Eastern Eurasia and China
The 'Ordos Bronzes', Peter the Great's Treasure, and their kin

by John Boardman

This is a study of the relief plaques of the 'Ordos bronzes' and their kin in north China and Central Asia, including Peter the Great's Treasure in the State Hermitage, St Petersburg. It attempts to classify them by shape, style and iconography, and to trace their origins, listing and illustrating as many specimens as seemed necessary to convey to the reader the unity of individual series as well as their variety. One class is distinguished as probably made by the Chinese and for the Chinese after their adoption of nomad dress and tactics for archer cavalry in the later 4th century BC.

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A Collection of Classical and Eastern Intaglios, Rings and Cameos

Volume I
A Collection of Classical and Eastern Intaglios, Rings and Cameos
by C. Wagner and J. Boardman

This volume publishes Classical and Eastern intaglios, rings and cameos, a selection from a private collection formed between 1921 and about 1970. Almost all are published here for the first time but they include examples from important earlier collections and several inscribed. They range from 3rd-millennium BC cylinder seals of Mesopotamia, to Neo-classical engravings of the 19th century AD, and include prime specimens also of Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Sasanian glyptic.

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The Reception of Classical Art in Britain

Volume I
The Reception of Classical Art in Britain
An Oxford Story of Plaster Casts from the Antique

by D. Kurtz

This volume of the series places archaeology, history of art and British antiquarianism in the wider context of Europe's cultural heritage. The Story focuses on antique sculpture, the principal type of classical art known to artists, collectors and scholars from the Renaissance until the later nineteenth century.

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Excavating Classical Culture

Volume I
Excavating Classical Culture
Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Greece

edited by M. Stamatopoulou and M. Yeroulanou

This volume publishes more than twenty papers on recent work in Greece from a remarkable, in some respects unique, meeting of archaeologists, which took place in Somerville College, University of Oxford, in March 2001. Recent archaeological activity in Greece has yielded a wealth of material enhancing our knowledge of classical Greece. The colloquium was the first collective presentation of these finds in the United Kingdom, offering a rare opportunity for scholars to acquaint themselves with the recent discoveries. The papers draw on first-hand material provided by prominent scholars who are currently working on archaeological sites in Greece.

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The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems

Volume II
The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems
by J.D. Beazley
edited by John Boardman

The collection of classical gems at Lewes House in Sussex belonging to Edward Perry Warren (1860-1928) was one of the finest of its day, containing many masterpieces, not least the signed gem by Dexamenos shown on the dust-jacket below.

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Classical Phoenician Scarabs

Volume II
Classical Phoenician Scarabs
A Catalogue and Study

by J. Boardman

This volume presents Phoenician green jasper scarabs found in the Mediterranean world, from excavations and in collections. They were being made throughout the period of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, from the late 6th to mid-4th centuries BC, and a case is made here for their production in Phoenicia itself, rather than in the Punic west, where most have so far been found.

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Giovanni Pietro Campana (1808-1880)

Volume II
Giovanni Pietro Campana (1808-1880)
The man and his collection

by S. Sarti

Giovanni Pietro Campana 1808-1880, the man and his collection by Susanna Sarti (DPhil, Oxon) examines the personality of the collector in the context of his period and reconstructs his famous museum from documentary sources, many previously unpublished. Director of the Bank of the Monte di Pietà in Rome, Campana amassed a great fortune and a remarkable collection of antiquities and fine art.

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Reception of Classical Art, an Introduction

Volume III
Reception of Classical Art, an Introduction
edited by D.C. Kurtz

Serendipity lies behind this modest publication. A series of lectures took place in the autumn of 2003 on The Reception of Classical Art designed to complement two options in the Master of Studies in Classical Archaeology. It was decided to publish the lectures as delivered, without footnotes, but with bibliographies specifically chosen for our students. The book is dedicated to "the first cohort of students in the undergraduate degree course in the History of Art, October 2004".

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Catalogue of the Engraved Gems and Finger-rings in the Ashmolean Museum II. Roman

Volume III
Catalogue of the Engraved Gems and Finger-rings in the Ashmolean Museum II. Roman
by Martin Henig and Arthur MacGregor, with Victoria Andrews, Robin Latour, Clare Maxfield, Rania-Julia Psofogiannakis, Claudia Wagner, Mary Whiting

Oxford University's collection of Greek, Etruscan and Roman gems and rings, in the Ashmolean Museum, is one of the most representative in the world. This volume publishes the Roman gems and finger-rings; the Greek and Etruscan were published by John Boardman and Marie-Louise Vollenweider in 1978. The second volume offers full descriptions, comment and enlarged photographs. Bequests from important collectors, such as Arthur Evans, Charles Drury Fortnum and G.J. Chester have ensured that the full range of styles and engraving is represented in the collection.

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Auctions, Agents and Dealers

Volume III
Auctions, Agents and Dealers
The mechanisms of the Art Market 1660-1830

edited by Jeremy Warren and Adriana Turpin

In recent years the Wallace Collection has begun to develop more actively its profile as a leading centre for the study of this history of collecting, especially, but not exclusively, in Britain and France during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This conference, which took place at the Wallace Collection on 12-13 December 2003, set out to examine aspects of seventeenth to early nineteenth-century collecting from the perspective of the art market, including the mechamisms devised to create clients and markets, the networks set up by agents and dealers, and collectors' relationships with dealers and the market.

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Essays in Classical Archaeology for Eleni Hatzivassiliou 1977-2007

Volume IV
Essays in Classical Archaeology for Eleni Hatzivassiliou 1977-2007
edited by Donna Kurtz with Caspar Meyer, David Saunders, Athena Tsingarida and Nicole Harris

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Greek Vases in the Imperial Hermitage Museum: The History of the Collection 1816-69

Volume IV
Greek Vases in the Imperial Hermitage Museum: The History of the Collection 1816-69
with Addenda et Corrigenda to Ludolf Stephani, Die Vasen-Sammlung der Kaiserlichen Ermitage (1869)

by Anastasia Bukina, Anna Petrakova and Catherine Phillips

ISBN 9781407311326

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Gem Mounts and the Classical Tradition

Volume IV
Gem Mounts and the Classical Tradition
Volume IV Gem Mounts and the Classical Tradition Supplement to A Collection of Classical and Eastern Intaglios, Rings and Cameos (2003)

by Claudia Wagner and John Boardman

This volume is a supplement to Classical and Eastern Intaglios, Rings and Cameos.

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Gem engraving in Britain from antiquity to the present

Volume V
Gem engraving in Britain from antiquity to the present
by Julia Kagan

ISBN 978-1-9037-6712-2

In this volume the author traces the history of gem engraving in Britain from antiquity to the present. By focusing on engravers, patrons and collections she introduces the reader to a rich corpus of material, assembled here for the first time in any detail. She places the gems and engravers in their historical and social contexts, while providing a sensitive art-historical interpretation. Gem engravers, their works, the relationships between workshops and individuals, are explored and charted meticulously, based on a lifetime of scholarship devoted to gem engraving.

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Cruelty and sentimentality: Greek attitudes to animals, 600-300 BC

Volume V
Cruelty and sentimentality: Greek attitudes to animals, 600-300 BC
by Louise Calder

This work examines archaeological and literary evidence, between 600 and 300 BC, to discover how ancient Greeks regarded, interacted with, used, and treated tame and domestic animals, as well as some prominent wild species. Of primary interest are relationships between human and animal well-being.

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