Books

 

 

 

Launch of the new book - Traditional French Jewellery
 

 

Book - Traditional French Jewellery - order here direct from the author

 

 

 

Dear collectors, auctioneers, dealers and jewellery lovers,

You have visited the site www.bijouxregionaux.com which for twelve years now has listed all regional and traditional French jewellery, without any advertising. 
By popular demand, this website is now finally available as a book, much more complete and with many new photos and texts that are not on the site. I traveled more than 4,500 km in 2020 to visit the various collectors and museums of France and to photograph, weigh, measure and examine their jewellery.

Large format of 23.5 x 30 cm, 304 pages in quality paper, hardcover and fully illustrated with over 1300 jewels in colour, this book is the first complete guide to French regional jewellery and corrects the many errors and gaps observed in the other references as well as presenting other regional jewels hitherto unknown to the public. You will find eight full pages on Breton pins and fibulae and many other jewels in museums and private collections that are not on this website. Over two years of research has gone into making the chapter on hallmarks the most reliable ever seen - clear illustrations of hallmarks have been made especially for this volume. And for the first time, collectors will have access to a complete list of all the assay office symbols, small signs withn the hallmarks that identify in which city the jewellery was hallmarked. The opening and closing dates since 1798 of the hallmark offices are also listed for the first time, allowing, with the office symbol, to better date your jewellery. In this new edition, published in 2023, the hallmarks chapter has been expanded from twelve to nineteen pages, and now includes the 58 assay offices opened in the European cities occupied by France during the Napoleonic wars. These cities, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italiy used French hallmarks. This information has never before been published.

You will love this book, I have had nothing but compliments and many clients have ordered more to offer as gifts.

To order, you can send a wire transfer or WISE transfer to Michael Fieggen - FR76 4061 8803 9700 0403 3233 171 – BIC – BOUSFRPPXXX - address Mike Fieggen, 280 rue Saint Honoré, Paris, 75001 France

Bank or wire transfer by www.wise.com in Sterling – Account holder - Michael Fieggen
IBAN - GB68TSBS30916200184462    BIC / SWIFT - TSBSGB2AXXX


Sterling cheques are welcome and PayPal is possible at the address demosthenesparis@gmail.com.  The book can also be collected in my jewellery shop in Paris next to the Louvre.

Any questions ?  Contact me at bijouregional@gmail.com or by telephone at + 33 6 8691 0158



One copy in French                               €75                             Postage and packing                  €9 for France, €8 for Europe and overseas

Two or more copies in French              €75 each                    Postage and packing                  €9 for the lot in France, overseas postage €8 each


One or more copies in English             £75 sterling each       Postage and packing                  £8 sterling each

 

 



 

 

What do buyers say about this book?

 

I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your book!!! It is very informative yet easy to look at and go through. I am very excited to see information on pieces I own, as well as so many pieces that are so intriguing and would love to find. It’s great to put those pieces into context of history and cultural life. Very, very interesting book and I thank you for publishing it. I very much look forward to the next volumes. 

                      Ai, February 2022

 

Hi Mike,
Fabulous book! I just collected it from my mother's and can't wait to start reading it. What a treasure. Thanks for everything.
Kind regards
                    
                    Nicky, 12th April 2022

 

I received your book yesterday and it is amazing! The photographs, descriptions, and the way it is all tied together with history of the regions is wonderful. It is a great addition to my library. I am very excited to order volume II and III. Thank you again!

          Jacqui T; USA September 2022

 

Just wanted to let you know the book arrived safely yesterday. I am only a few pages into it but it is fabulous, thanks,

          Margaret J, Melbourne, janvier 2023


 

Some recommendations translated from the French readers of the book:


What a treat your book is!! I am passionate about regional jewellery and have already many books on this subject but this one is very complete. I had fun searching in my small and modest collection and your photos in the book.

          Karine February 11, 2022

 

This book is a goldmine for the study of regional jewels and in particular the hallmarks used with a very clear presentation by province and a rich iconography. It is in fact an essential complement to Monique Poulenc's work "French traditional jewelry" from the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.  Volume 2 is eagerly awaited...

            Françoise February 15, 2022

 

Extremely well documented work, very useful when researching the provenance of jewellery.

           Vichy Auctions February 16, 2022

 

Today is a big day! My nephews gave me your book! I am amazed at this amount of knowledge! Your work is essential!

             Louis de S February 21, 2022

 

The jewels of the French, a very well documented work, useful to experts in jewels, antique dealers, auctioneers, and in general to all those who are interested in history and traditions. A goldmine of information, to have absolutely!

           Jean Claude Frediani, President of the National Chamber of Experts in jewellery, jewellery, watchmaking, goldsmithing and precious stones. February 22, 2022

 

I have just received your book on regional jewellery: fabulous!

I already regularly consult your website but this is great. I learned about it thanks to a recent sale in Cherbourg where the auctioneer had put a photo of this book to reference a necklace by Yvetot. I also bought 4 Norman jewels at this sale. In 1992, I visited the exhibition organized by Claudette Joannis at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris and this triggered in me (I was 27) and my mother, the desire to collect these jewels.

            Mireille, April 12, 2022

 

I ordered your book “Les bijoux des Français” on Amazon and since receiving it a week ago, I have been passionate about reading and discovering it. You have done a gigantic job
of research and I congratulate you for the quality of the content of the rich contents but also for the editorial quality of this beautiful book, beautifully laid out and illustrated.
        Pierre R, Doctor in Management Sciences, Associate of Economics and Management, Professor of International Trade, July 4, 2022

 

 

Launch of the new hallmarks book
Les Poinçons Français de 1789 à ce jour

 

 

     
 
 

 

 
 
After a career spanning 42 years on three continents dealing in antique jewellery and four years of research, I'm pleased to finally be able to announce the release of my book on hallmarks. This book is the most accurate reference ever published about French hallmarks. Each official hallmark is illustrated with a design carefully checked against real hallmarks and is, in most cases, is also illustrated with a photograph. The use of each hallmark is noted along with its period of use. A listing gives details of every assay office mark, the tiny mark in each hallmark that shows in which town it was struck, along with the opening and closing dates of each assay office. These details allow the date of manufacture of jewellery and silverware to be determined with precision. 
For the first time ever, assay office marks as well as opening and closing dates are given for the 58 assay offices opened in the European towns occupied by France during the Napoleonic wars. Jewels and silverware were struck in these towns with French hallmarks.
This reference corrects the numerous errors found in all the current books and is destined to become THE standard reference on offical French hallmarks. Format 148 x 210mm (A5 format), 192 pages, glossy 150g paper and sewn with hardcover, not glued.
 
Note that this book can be ordered now but is still being printed and will (hopefully) be shipped mid February 2024.
 
Possibility of being signed by the author, Michael C. W. Fieggen.
 

To order, you can send a wire transfer or WISE transfer to Michael Fieggen - FR76 4061 8803 9700 0403 3233 171 – BIC – BOUSFRPPXXX - address Mike Fieggen, 280 rue Saint Honoré, Paris, 75001 France

Bank or wire transfer by www.wise.com in Sterling – Account holder - Michael Fieggen
IBAN - GB68TSBS30916200184462    BIC / SWIFT - TSBSGB2AXXX


Sterling cheques are welcome and PayPal is possible at the address demosthenesparis@gmail.com.  The book can also be collected in my jewellery shop in Paris next to the Louvre.

Any questions ?  Contact me at bijouregional@gmail.com




One copy in French                               €59                            Postage and packing                  €7 for France,  Europe and overseas

Two or more copies in French              €59 each                   Postage and packing                  €7 for the lot in France, overseas postage €5 each


This book is in French, however it is very clearly illustrated with the hallmarks and their dates of use, both of which are easy to find. It is a also supplied with a PDF file giving a complete English translation of every page. If you wish to be notified if and when an English version becomes available, let me know, but no promises.  The research required to produce this book delayed my work on volume two of Traditional French Jewellery for two years and I really need to get back to work on it!