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Plate 1. Enameled Sea Dragon Pendant with Baroque Pearl. Spain, late sixteenth century. Permission, The British Museum, London Plate 2. Detail of Pearl Diving from Catalan Atlas. Circa 1375. Permission, Bibliothèque nationale de France. The cartouche describes spells used to warn off dangerous fish. Note that the pearls are depicted as bright precious stones. Plate 3. Jacopo Zucchi, Treasures of the Sea, or Allegory of the Discovery of America. Circa 1549–1590. Oil on copper. Galleria Borghese, Rome. Photograph: Scala/Art Resource, N.Y. Plate 4. Quentin Metsys, The Moneylender and His Wife. 1514. Oil on wood, 70.5 × 67 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.© RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, N.Y. Plate 5. José de Alcíbar (attributed to), “De español y negra, mulato (From Spaniard and Black, Mulatto).” Circa 1760. Denver Art Museum: Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2014.217. Photograph courtesy of the Denver Art Museum Plates 6. Lead Box (top) Containing Pearls of Varying Sizes and Shapes, Including Several Baroque Pearls (bottom), Found among the Wreckage of the Santa Margarita. Photographs by Ron Pierson, Mel Fisher’s Treasures Plate 7. Albert Eckhout, African Woman and Child. 1641. Photograph by John Lee. Courtesy, National Museum of Denmark Plate 8. Pierre Mignard, Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth. Late seventeenth century.© National Portrait Gallery, London Plate 9. Simon Verelst, Eleanor (“Nell”) Gwynn. Circa 1680.© National Portrait Gallery, London Plate 10. Johannes Vermeer, Woman Holding a Balance. Circa 1664. Oil on canvas, 39.7 cm. × 35.5. cm. Widener Collection, 1942.9.97. Courtesy, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Plate 11. Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman with a Pearl Necklace. Circa 1662–1665. Oil on canvas, 55 cm. × 45 cm. Post-restoration. Photo credit: bpk Bildagentur/ Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, Germany/ Jörg P. Anders/Art Resource, N.Y. Plate 12. Johann Georg Hinz, Cabinet of Collectibles. 1666. Oil on canvas, 115.5 × 93.3 cm. Photo credit: bpk Bildagentur/ Hamburger Kunsthalle/Elke Walford/Art Resource, N.Y. Plate 13. Johann Melchior Dinglinger (goldsmith), Moor with Monstrous Pearl Shell. 1724. Detail of photograph by Jürgen Karpinski. Wood, lacquered, gold, silver, gold plated, enamel, precious stones, cameos, pearls, mother of pearl, 19.9 cm. × 19.4 cm. Photo credit: bpk Bildagentur/ Gruenes Gewoelbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany/Jürgen Karpinski/ Art Resource, N.Y. ...


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