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Mark Schaffer, PhD, is a principal at A La Vieille Russie (ALVR), leading specialists in fine European and American antique jewelry, Fabergé, gold snuffboxes, objets de vertu and Russian decorative and fine arts The company recently moved to sleek new quarters at 745 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan The sun-splashed gallery is the fifth New York venue for this firm founded in Kiev in 1851.
We caught up with the peripatetic dealer amidst a recent taping of PBS’s Antiques Roadshow and a trip to Las Vegas for the jewelry shows, followed by visits to Hillwood, Dumbarton Oaks and the Walters Art Museum. How do you like your new gallery? It’s a positive change The space had been a gallery previously, so we were able to use some of the existing infrastructure Our name is on the door downstairs with the other gallery tenants, which makes us easy to find.
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