Category Archives: Art Deco

MODERNIST JEWELRY OF THE 1930’S

Jewelry of the 1930’s was different from the earlier Art Deco, although there were still some geometric elements present. Yellow gold was now in favor, and the hard geometry of Art Deco became softer and more sensual. Gold was now highly polished, and often curved and fluted. Single geometric elements, such as cubes or balls were preferred to the mix of geometric elements found in much Art Deco. Citrines became very popular, as they added texture and sparkle without adding another color. Continue reading

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ART DECO JEWELRY IN COLOR

Everything you have wanted to know about Art Deco jewelry – Part 2 One of the most fascinating  aspects of  Art Deco jewelry is the diversity of stylistic elements it encompasses. While one important aspect of Art Deco jewelry is … Continue reading

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ANDRE ARBUS – MASTER OF ELEGANT DESIGN

  André Arbus was a decorator, furniture designer, architect and sculptor. Born in Toulouse, France, he went on to work in his father’s cabinet-making firm after graduating from the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts. While Arbus was not himself a … Continue reading

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EVERYTHING YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ART DECO JEWELRY PART 1 – ART DECO JEWELRY IN BLACK AND WHITE

By Audrey Friedman The early 20th century was perhaps unique in art history with regard to the number of radical stylistic changes that took place in a very short space of time.  By 1925, we had gone from the organic, … Continue reading

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ART DECO SILVER AND METAL – PLEASURES TO TREASURE

Silver objects of earlier periods are prized for their intricate forms, and the various surface embellishments of piercing, carving, chasing and other techniques. Art Deco silver and metal, however, is characterized by the total absence of this kind of surface … Continue reading

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The Art of the Cocktail…Ring

While the term “cocktail” was first used in 1803, and the first Bartender’s Guide was published in 1862, the first recorded actual “Cocktail Party” was given by a Mrs. Julius Walsh of St Louis, Missouri in 1917. The idea obviously … Continue reading

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A Rare and Unusual Bauhaus Tea Service On View at Primavera Gallery

The Museum of Modern Art in New York is not the only place to see decorative objects produced by the Bauhaus. While the exhibition, Bauhaus 1919-1939: Workshops for Modernity, does include beautiful examples of metalwork created by the avant-garde art … Continue reading

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ART DECO REVISITED

Primavera Gallery will be having an exhibition entitled ART DECO REVISITED, which will run from November 12, 2009 through February 28, 2010. We will be showing beautiful examples of furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, sculpture and works on paper that showcase … Continue reading

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