Monday, 30 April 2012

Metal Lust Object No.8 - Only Built For Dreicer Ladies

This is a 14 kt. gold makeup purse with a set sapphire by Dreicer & Co., one of the great defunct and all but erased names in American luxury jewellery. For a time, this enterprise stood in preeminent stead with the likes of Tuffany & Co. and Cartier, New York, supplying the gilded class with imaginative designs, dedicated craft and the finest precious stones that Europe could proffer. Indeed, it was Cartier that bought the company's liquidated stock for $2.5 million in 1924 after Michael Dreicer, son of founder Jacob Dreicer, expired in 1923. The Michael Dreicer painting collection now resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here, Daphne Lingon, Senior Specialist in Jewelry at Christie's, New York, discusses a Belle Époque exceptional coloured diamond ring that was retailed by Dreicer & Co. This piece was sold only last month; proof, as if it were needed, that the finer things will always whet someone's appetite:

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