воскресенье, 3 марта 2013 г.
Anyone who has perused the luxury catalogs or shopped the high end boutiques is familiar with Jay Strongwater’s accessory designs. It’s art that is translated into miniature jeweled treasures. Jeweled and flowered frames, enameled boxes, candlesticks, mirrors, lamp, tables and of course, elaborately jeweled Christmas ornaments.Strongwater started his career in 1982. After getting raves for a piece of jewelry he made for his mother, he took samples to the open buyer days at New York’s department stores. But his big break came from a meeting with none other than Oscar de la Renta, who collaborated with Strongwater for his fashion runway jewels.
четверг, 28 февраля 2013 г.
Demetre Haralamb Chiparus-was a Romanian Art Deco era sculptor who lived and worked in Paris.He was born in Romania, the son of Haralamb and Saveta. In 1909 he went to Italy, where he attended the classes of Italian sculptor Raffaello Romanelli. In 1912 he traveled to Paris to attend the Ecole des Beaux Arts to pursue his art at the classes of Antonin Mercie and Jean Boucher. Demetre Chiparus died in 1947 and was buried in Bagneux cemetery, just south of Paris.
понедельник, 25 февраля 2013 г.
Nautilus cup. 1592. Silver gilt, nautilus shell, glass and enamel, height 27 cm, diameter 10 cm. Gemeente Musea, Delft. This Nautilus cup example from Delft was made by an immigrant artist, possibly by Nicolaes de Grebber (master in Delft in 1574, died in Delft in 1613).
воскресенье, 24 февраля 2013 г.
Order Of St. George Egg - Original fitted velvet-covered egg-shaped; lid lining stamped in gold: Eagle/K. Fabergé /Petrograd/Moscow/Odessa/London Presented by Tsar Nicholas II to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna on Easter 1916, the egg commemorates the 1915 presentation of the Order of St.
George. The Order was created by Catherine the Great to be bestowed by members of the army for military bravery. Nicholas II was presented with the highest class of the Order for his leadership during the First World War. His 12-year-old son, Alexis, who had joined him at army headquarters, received a lower grade of the decoration. A ribbon in the Order's colors of black and orange encircle representations of the medals presented to the Tsar and Tsarevich.
When a button is pressed, painted miniatures of the honored recipients are revealed under their respective awards. Soon after receiving the egg, Maria Feodorovna was forced into exile. The Order of St. George Egg was hidden in a jewel box she carried while fleeing the country. It was the only Imperial egg to leave Russia in the possession of its original recipient.
Gonzaga cameo portrait of Ptolemy II Philadelphus and Arsinoe II. An anonymous carver portrayed the deified royal couple at the moment of their 'sacred marriage' – the queen wears a wedding veil and a laurel wreath, and there is a similar wreath on the king's helmet, with a star and a winged dragon. The aegis of Zeus, adorned with the heads of Medusa and Phobos, is thrown over the king's shoulders, over the armour of a military leader. The master thus emphasised the ideal image of the deified king-hero, established under the influence of the personality of Alexander the Great.
To the left, under a thatched stable roof, sits the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child on her lap; Joseph stands behind her.1700
суббота, 23 февраля 2013 г.
Charles Lewis Tiffany (February 15, 1812 – February 18, 1902) founded Tiffany & Co. in New York City in 1837. A leader in the American jewelry trade in the nineteenth century, he was known for his jewelry expertise, created the country's first retail catalog, and, in 1851, he introduced the English standard of sterling silver.
Cuckoo Egg - Varicolored gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies, pearls, feathers Height 8 inches; 20.3 cm open Marks Fabergé, initials of work master Michael Perchin, assay-mark of St. Petersburg 1896-1908, 56 (zolotnik), dated 1900.
Presented by Tsar Nicholas II to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, on Easter 1900, this egg in the form of a Baroque table clock is enameled violet over a guilloché zigzag ground. Embellished with ornate motifs, the diamond-set dial is wreathed by seed pearls and set against a panel of white enamel enveloped by gold foliage, pearls and diamonds.
If the Dowager Empress wanted to reveal the hidden treasure within, she simply needed to press the button at the top rear of the egg to open the circular gold grille and a naturally plumed cockerel would emerge crowing and flapping its wings.
Denise Nielsen and George Worthington: The collaboration of our husband and wife partnership enhances our highly creative and unique work. We create soft looking sculptural objects, inspired by nature and fashion, out of hard woods. Each twist, turn, bend and fold of the life size sculptural wood objects are carved with individually executed pieces fitted together, then finely sanded and oiled to celebrate the beauty, natural colors and grain of the wood. (http://www.oilswoodstone.com/Purses.htm)
These delicate porcelain figurines are made using a process, known as ‘lace draping’. This converts genuine fine lace and other fabrics into porcelain. The fabrics are saturated with fine quality porcelain slip, then hand draped and detailed before being fired at high temperature. This delicate hand process means that each figurine has its own unique features. The process is thought to have been developed in ancient China, where raw silk would have been used. However, probably the most well known example of the technique is that produced in Dresden from about the 18th century, known as Dresden Lace. Most Dresden figurines are finished with a glaze.
четверг, 21 февраля 2013 г.
A small collection of silver mounted antique wine ewers, is a private collection - the owner of the collection karaffensammler, Austria - [www.karaffensammler.at]
Hunt and Roskell - London 1843 ( Pair ) This pair of frosted glass and silver gilt claret jugs rank amongst the finest made during the reign of Queen Victoria. The prestigious firm of Hunt and Roskell evolved out of the most famous retail name in the history of English silver, Rundell, Bridge and Rundell. John Samuel Hunt was the nephew of Paul Storr , the most eminent silversmith employed by Rundell's and had worked with Storr as a chaser. Storr took him on as a partner in the new firm of Storr and Mortimer which kept the same name until Storr's retirement in 1838.
Bernard Palissy (c. 1510 – c. 1589) was a French Huguenot potter, hydraulics engineer and craftsman, famous for having struggled for sixteen years to imitate Chinese porcelain. In the 19th-century, Palissy's pottery became the inspiration for Mintons Ltd's Victorian majolica, which was exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 under the name "Palissy ware".
среда, 20 февраля 2013 г.
Orange Tree Egg (Bay Tree Egg) Gold, enamel, nephrite, diamonds, citrines, amethysts, rubies, pearls, agate, feathers; original silver gilt key
Presented by Tsar Nicholas II to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna on Easter 1911, a silver gilt key allowed the Dowager Empress to discover the surprise hidden within the egg-shaped topiary tree. Tucked within the finely engraved nephrite leaves, enameled flowers and jeweled "fruit" is a gold winding mechanism.
When triggered, a portion of the foliage at the top of the tree rises. Suddenly, music fills the air as a feathered nightingale emerges to chirp its tune while moving its beak and flapping its wings. When the melody ends, the bird descends automatically into its verdant nest until beckoned once more to sing.
вторник, 19 февраля 2013 г.
Suzhou Embroidery is one of the oldest embroidery techniques in the world, with origins stretching back more than 2000 years. Suzhou embroidery consists of very detailed representations of almost any subject embroidered onto fine silk with thread. One of the distinctive features of Suzhou embroidery is that some pieces two-sided; that is, the picture is repeated on both sides of the embroidered piece.
China was the first country in the world to weave silk. Silkworms were domesticated as early as some 5,000 years ago. The production of silk threads and fabrics gave rise to the art of embroidery.
Coronation Egg - Varicolored gold, platinum, enamel, diamonds, rubies, rock crystal, velvet lining
Initials of work master Henrik Wigström, assay-mark of St. Petersburg 1896-1908, the name Wigström roughly scratched on the inner surface of the shell, 56 (zolotnik), dated 1897 Presented by Tsar Nicholas II to Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna on Easter 1897, the Coronation Egg is one of the most celebrated Imperial eggs created by the House of Fabergé. Enameled a deep gold hue and adorned with a trellis of diamond-set Imperial eagles, the breathtaking design was inspired by the gold-embroidered and ermine-trimmed robes worn by the Imperial couple during the festivities.
When opened, the surprise inside the egg is a removable replica of the coach that carried Alexandra to the coronation ceremony. At one time a glimpse through the carriage's windows revealed a tiny egg-shaped emerald and diamond-set pendant, but the current whereabouts of this jeweled surprise is unknown.
Rosebud Egg - Varicolored gold, enamel, diamonds, velvet lining
Fabergé, initials of work master Michael Perchin, assay-mark of St. Petersburg, 56 (zolotnik), dated 1895 Continuing the tradition established by his father, the Rosebud Egg was the first Fabergé egg presented by Tsar Nicholas II to his bride Alexandra. Unlike previous Easter gifts, which on average took a year to complete, the House of Fabergé had only a few short months to create this present for the newly crowned Tsarina. Carefully designed to please its recipient, the translucent red-enameled exterior is decorated with Cupid's arrows and contains a miniature portrait of Tsar Nicholas II viewed through a table-cut diamond. Once opened, the egg reveals a yellow enameled rosebud, which blooms to disclose a ruby and diamond-set Imperial crown. The whereabouts of this final surprise is unknown today.
Giuseppe Armani was born in Calci, Italy, in 1935. From the moment young 'Bebe' could pick up a pencil, he drew. He drew everything he saw. He drew everyone he knew. He drew all day long. Armani's parents were amazed at Giuseppe's prodigious output and they recognized that their little boy's sketches were more than just the whimsical drawings of most children. Uncanny realism and attention to detail revealed Giuseppe's true talent. He had The Gift. Giuseppe's teachers decided that Armani should attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. Unfortunately, as the arrangements were being made, his father died unexpectedly. The family needed Giuseppe now.