~ JEWELRY JAR ~
Hand-Cut Crystal, 925° Silver, Diamonds & Rubies
Intended for keeping jewels, this rare object of virtue, being a sort of jewelry by itself, definitely has its origins in the boudoir of some beautiful Viennese high-society lady of the Art Nouveau era. With the bottom part of the jar in hand-cut crystal in form of a polyhedron, the main feature of this rare lidded jewelry jar is a silver cover with gilded interior, its top decorated with a repoussé "Moderne"-stylized eternal love symbol.
Height of jar (with lid): 2 3/8 inches Diameter of crystal jar: 2 7/8 inches Weight of the silver lid: 1.985oz (56.3g)
DIAMONDS: There are 28 fully cut, very high quality diamonds, each weighing approximately 5 points. The total weight of diamonds is approximately 1.5CT
RUBIES: There are 27 fully cut rubies, each weighing approximately 8 points. The total weight of rubies is approximately 2.2CT
SILVER: The lid is fully hallmarked with 925° silver mark and a five- lobed punch with the head of Diana in profile (this hallmark was mandated for Austria in 1872). Inside the hallmark,
there is a crescent moon touching her forehead, the city mark under her nose and the fineness mark at the nape of her neck. In this particular hallmark the city is marked ‘A’
for Vienna, and '3' for the fineness level.
Vintage Soviet RUSSIAN
A COLLECTION OF MEN'S Cufflinks
Ca. 1940's - 1970's
Presented here is a collection, sold as a lot of 8 pairs of vintage 875° silver cufflinks with a variety semi-precious stones, made in different techniques. All cufflinks were made in Soviet Union, in the period from 1940's to 1970's. This is a unique opportunity for a gentleman who not only appreciates a formality in the way he dresses on certain occasions, but also for someone who prefers his accessories with a touch of a nostalgic retro feeling , and of a fine quality yet! These cufflinks will add just the right amount of chic and elegance to your everyday shirt and definitely make a statement of your unique style. Each pair looks prestigious, simple and expensive.
The collection consists of:
- 4 pairs (gilded) from the 1940's-50's --- set with a large, beautifully faceted natural Rock Crystal (Rhinestone), called in Russian "Gorniy Khrustal" (Mountain Crystal); which are a genuine Russian quartz healing crystals, originating from the Polar Ural mountain. Running approximately north to south through western Russia, they are an abundant source of mineral wealth Russian quartz from the Polar Ural mountains is renowned for its piezoelectric charge; often manifesting special qualities, suchas a powerful resonance and an extraordinary quality of light. All stones are transparent and sparkling!
- 2 pairs from the 1960's --- in the Niello technique, very popular in Russia for severalcenturies; and which is a black mixture of copper, silver, and lead sulphides, used as an inlay on engraved or etched silver.
- 1 pair (gilded) from the 1970's --- with Brown Ural Onyx, an excellent stone for releasing negative emotions, such as sorrow and grief, and therefore brings good fortune and helps in recognizing personal strength. This brown- colored stone helps in relaxation, and in facing various challenges in life, especially if one suffers from a lack of life energy and exhaustion.
- 1 pair (gilded) from the 1960's --- with rare butterscotch-color Baltic Amber, a fossilized tree resin. Baltic amber in particular (mined from near the Baltic Sea) additionally contains a substance called succinct acid. Historically, it is believe that when worn on the skin, body heat causes Baltic amber to release an oil containing succinct acid which, if absorbed into the skin, might act like a natural Ibuprofen, blocking pain and reducing inflammation.
All cufflinks in the collection are stamped on the base 875° for sterling silver; a manufacturer's mark; and a Soviet Star with hammer and sickle in the middle, indicating that these cufflinks were made in the USSR during the Early Soviet Era - circa 1940's, 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. The cufflinks are in excellent vintage condition. They would make a wonderful present for yourself or will surely delight anyone you love!
~ Cigar Humidor with Hygrometer ~
Made of such sophisticated materials as stingray skin, sterling silver and rosewood, this beautiful and rare cigar humidor with hydrometer of an outstanding workmanship features a remarkably simple and elegant design by the famous French silversmith, sculptor and designer, Jean E. Puiforcat. Both, the artist and silver hallmarks are stamped on one of the top silver edges of the humidor.
Height: 3 1/4 inches (8cm) Width: 10 inches (25cm) Depth: 7 1/2 inches (19cm)
Jean Puiforcat (1897 –1945)
Jean Puifgorcat was a French silversmith, sculptor and designer. Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia calls Puiforcat the "most important French Art Deco silversmith. Puiforcat served in World War I. After the war, he apprenticed as a silversmith and a designer. He lived in Paris and designed in the Art Deco style. His silver work had smooth surfaces and was based on the geometric series. Ivory, onyx, lapis lazuli, shagreen, gilding and rosewood were used to decorate pieces. Puiforcat left Paris and moved to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, around 1927, where in 1928 he co-founded the Union des Artistes Modernes. He started designing tableware and by 1934 he also had designed liturgical silver. In 1941, he moved to Mexico. After his move, he began exhibiting in the United States. Andy Warhol collected Puiforcat silverware, which he acquired while visiting Paris in the 1970s. In 1988, Warhol memorabilia was sold at Sotheby's. The collection sold for $451,000 and a tureen with an aventurine decoration sold for $55,000. Works by Puiforcat are held in the collections of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.