Posts Tagged ‘art deco’
Posted by learntobead on September 3, 2009
Posted by learntobead on April 3, 2009
THE PRIMAVERA GALLERY
210 11th Avenue at 25th Street, Suite 800, New York, NY 10001
Jewelry is a major part of Primavera Gallery. They offer fine, rare and collectible jewels spanning over 200 years of jewelry design, with pieces dating from the late 17th century up until the present. Their emphasis, however, is on unusual signed pieces, Art Deco through the 1960’s.
They are not interested in large diamonds or masses of precious stones — this, for them, is geology rather than jewelry. They are interested in great style, exciting design and integrity of workmanship. Their collection includes all of the major individual designers, as well as the great jewelry houses. In their spacious new Chelsea gallery, they are also showing jewelry by both well-known and emerging Studio jewelers.
They also offer the work of individual contemporary jewelry designers of special merit, among them Pol Bury, Bruno Martinazzi and Andrew Grima, and they are adding interesting contemporary and studio jewelry from many talented designers working today.
Some things in the Gallery:
MARCHAK TURQUOISE AND DIAMOND RING
A very unique cocktail ring. The sugar-loaf turquoise set in a domed turquoise and diamond base creates, literally, high drama. The House of Marchak excelled at creating unusual pieces, and especially this kind of jewelry in the 1950’s.
ART DECO BRACELET WATCH
BOIVIN “LILAC LEAF” BROOCH
The House of Boivin is well known for beautiful jewelry based on natural forms. This leaf shimmers with the colors of aquamarines, peridots, citrines, and amethysts. It will bring Springtime to any season.
French, ca. 1938
BUCCELLATI DIAMOND RING
SUSANNE BELPERRON RING
Pale blue chalcedony was one of Suzanne Belperron’s favorite materials. Here, it is finely carved and centers a fine pearl. Belperron’s jewelry is in great demand, and there are few pieces around. This is a beauty.
Lot’s of pretty stuff to admire on their website.
Posted by learntobead on March 19, 2009
Masriera Gold Enamel Jewelry
A couple of years ago, I visited Barcelona, Spain. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a jewelry gallery displaying the original gold enamel work of Masriera. The Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces from the late 1800’s, early 1900s were unbelievable. I’ve wanted to duplicate some of them in bead-woven pieces, but haven’t figured out exactly how to go about that.
The company still exists and presents new and reproduced pieces each year.
Masriera pioneered the idea that each piece of jewelry should be a miniature piece of art. Prior to that, the primary focus of jewelry was on particular stones, cut or otherwise. Everything else within the piece of jewelry was “frame” or “outline”. In Masriera’s pieces, the stone became part of the artistic story or presentation of the whole piece.
Years ago, there was a fabulous coffee table book published about the Masriera collection. I reviewed the book at the gallery in Barcelona, but it’s been long out of print. Every year I search the used art book websites to try to secure a copy. No luck so far.
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