During the reign of Elizabeth I, only royalty and the rich could afford to commission the exalted Nicholas Hilliard or Isaac Oliver to paint a prized miniature of themselves in all their jewels and finery. Imbued with symbolism, many of these exquisitely worked – and extremely rare – talismans and love ‘tablets’ have been brought together for a National Portrait Gallery exhibition. It’s all quite divine, writes Geoffrey Munn.
WORLD OF INTERIORS
Lichen it to Nature
Princess Margaret was as artistic a soul as her husband. Here’ jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn tells the tale of a piece of Balmoral lichen she had immortalised in gold.
Pierced hearts, unicorn horns and a bottled witch: Oxford show investigates the history of magic and witchcraft.
Around 180 objects at the Ashmolean Museum reveal how humans have embraced the occult over the past eight centuries.
THE ART NEWSPAPER
Fabergé: His Masters and Artisans
Geoffrey has written the foreward to Fabergé: His Masters and Artisans by Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm
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Coral: The Enduring Magic of the Medusa's Blood
Coral is a complex marine organism and has a calciferous skeleton. It is sometimes blood red and is vascular in its form. Therefore in Greek legend it was said to be the petrified blood of the Medusa, and subsequently it was even seen as the blood of Christ.
INNER LIVES MAGAZINE
The very human quest to capture the natural lure of gemstones
Gemstones hold a very special place in the human psyche. Their allure is hard to define and harder to explain but it seems that it is one of the characteristics that raise humanity above the animal kingdom. Geoffrey examines their mystical allure.
APOLLO, THE INTERNATIONAL ART MAGAZINE
The Sphere of Magical Thinking: The Enchanting History of Crystal Balls
Talisman amulet and magic catalyst, Geoffrey Munn explores the crystal ball from the 7th century to the present day.
Just Call me Gluck
The artist at the vanguard of gender fluidity. Geoffrey Munn reviews the Brighton exhibition that includes love letters and the artist's final painting, a memento mori ...
THE ART NEWSPAPER
Ann Cammell: Witch of Southwold
The East Coast town of Southwold brings stories of hidden treasure, smugglers, murderers and on top of it all a famously haunted building in the High Street called Sutherland House, home to Southwold's own witch, Ann Cammell, accused at the height the savage witch trials of the mid 1640s.
Unscrambling Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs
Jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn claims the true inspiration for some of Faberge's remarkable Imperial Easter Eggs came from folklore, Christian lore and even throwaway greetings cards.
ANTIQUE COLLECTING MAGAZINE
The 1910 Colonnade Egg: A Possible Source Is Proposed
Firmly based on Classical sources the French 18th century style of decoration was considered safe even by the most hesitant of patrons and collectors, explains Geoffrey Munn.
FABERGÉ RESEARCH SITE
In an introduction to the work of the famous Italian goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja the author Geoffrey Munn explores the physical properties of gold and the the deep seated hold it has on the human psyche.
Not Lost But Gone Before: The Story of the Rossetti Watch
The discovery of an unrecorded drawing provides the means to re-evaluate, in detail, a watch designed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti that has since disappeared.
DECORATIVE ARTS SOCIETY JOURNAL 2011
The Rediscovery of the Serpent Egg Clock
In the early 1990’s Geoffrey Munn wrote a routine letter of enquiry to His Serene Highness Prince Rainier of Monaco. To his great surprise it resulted in the chance rediscovery of a Fabergé Imperial Egg, thought lost for more than 20 years.
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Where Great Art Lies Dying
Geoffrey Munn on Victorian masterpieces that are being left to rot.