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When you think of A La Vieille Russie in NYC, you think of rare Russian treasures, premier pieces that represent the finest of 18th and 19th century European and American jewelry and Objets de vertu If you want to find authentic pieces with provenance, A La Vieille Russie is a small world of jewelry recalling the details and early techniques that create the magic that is antique jewelry An exhibition sale that highlights dynamic pieces that were designed from the end of WWII through the 1980s.
Schaffer: "A few aspects about this time period in jewelry appealed to us People often begin collecting with items that are familiar and we've found that this era resonates with a large global audience of starter and consummate collectors Another factor that piqued our interest in this collection-starting in the 1940s after WWII, gold became available again for use in jewelry design after being banned for years prior in Europe.
This allowed for great artistic expression and exploration with gold in the following years and we are fortunate to have some of the best examples from this period including pieces from many of the renowned houses." Schaffer: "We have offered pieces from this period for a long time, but only recently have we been able to amass enough of the highest quality to mount a full exhibition We look to acquire pieces that will delight our clients as much as they delight us it's always about the quality, rarity and beauty Our motto is 'Where the Unusual is Usual' and we take that to heart with each piece we decide to acquire.
During our search, it was easy to find ordinary pieces from these time periods It took us a while longer but we continued our search and are finally able now to mount our exhibition." Among these pieces, is a rare, circa 1950s, gold calla lily brooch set with citrines, diamonds and sapphires from Cartier Paris which can be seen in a black and white photo in Amazing Cartier: Jewelry Design since 1937." Schaffer: "We believe that this collection is not a departure from, but a continuation of our tradition of having wonderful and unique pieces.
We have been a family-run business for nearly 170 years and the key to longevity is continually introducing new and unusual items back to the market and to grab the attention of collectors Don't forget, when we first started in business, many of the items we now have were not even a glimmer in the eye of the maker whose work we now treasure! That is the beauty of this business, time continues and brings new and great pieces to light." . More
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