From The Georgian Era Through 70’s Vintage
As many of my readers know by now—one of my favorite outings is an antique jewelry show. I’ve gone in a blizzard, a heat wave, and didn’t let a torrential downpour deter me either. I have been attending, covering them editorially and purchasing at them for the past 20 some odd years.
But I am particularly excited for the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch summer show, opening Friday, July 21 and running through July 24 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. On Saturday, July 22, in addition to my usual hunt for rare treasures, I will be giving a tour of dealers who specialize in all the different time periods spanning the Georgian era through the 70’s Vintage to a sold out crowd. I thought it might be fun to give a sneak preview of the dealers I will be visiting. And, I am extremely thankful for the organizers, U.S. Antiques for their continued belief in me.
After the tour, I will feature all the goodies we found. So please stayed tuned.
Some of the dealers specialize in one time period while other’s run the gamut and many of them I have known since I first began covering the shows while a few I have met in recent years.
Pat Novissimo of Lowther Antiques hails from the other side of the pond and is an expert and has been for forty years in Georgian and Early Victorian jewelry. Make a beeline for her memorial and mourning rings if that is your thing—they tend to go quickly. (see other article here)
Keyamour from New York takes us on a journey through all different periods and owner Dana Kiyoura’s selections are particularly awe inspiring in Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Retro pieces.
Richard Spicer of Spicer-Warin also from England has me drooling over his highly curated collection. But my favorites are always his Georgian and Art Deco styles.
Joganibh who is right next to Spicer-Warin features eye-popping gemstone jewelry as well as more subtle pieces from the Victorian period. But it is also diversified so it’s best to come and take a look for yourself
Once you are at Simon Teakle’s booth, it’s hard to leave! Before opening his own Greenwich Connecticut store, he spent approximately 20 years as a specialist at Christie’s. Simon knows what’s what when comes to period jewelry. He deals in signed pieces from the renowned houses of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron and a host of other important houses from Art Deco through mid 20h century. But I have to say that when Simon does Georgian and Victorian, he goes big, bold and highly collectible.
Pat Saling, another veteran who spent the first 21 years of her career at the legendary Fred Leighton, is also a heavy hitter in the world of antique, vintage and estate jewelry. Pat has uncovered rare pieces from the Edwardian/Belle Époque time period to buried treasures from jewelers such as Suzanne Belperron and knows a good 70s Vintage piece when she sees one. I have done numerous stories on Pat and her treasures (see here) and also find her taste impeccable in earlier periods as well.
Humphrey-Butler wooed me the first time I met them at a show with their jaw dropping selection. While they tend to lean more toward regal pieces like tiaras and full parures from different centuries, I personally love their smaller more sentimental pieces.
Aaron Faber Gallery is known for Ed Faber’s impeccable knowledge and selection in vintage watches but there is also a wonderful antique and vintage jewelry department. Ed tends to highlight the Art Nouveau era which goes along with his wife Patricia Faber’s aesthetic who handles the modern artisans that are featured in the gallery– blurring the boundaries and working with a range of precious and none precious materials and juxtapositions of gemstones.
Stephen Russell, which is also a store on Madison Avenue, also delves into different eras in jewelry but I am particularly entranced by the Art Deco through Mid-20th century and signed jewelry.
Yafa Signed Jewels—is the perfect name for a business that deals primarily, yes, in signed jewels. The main focus is jewelry of the mid-20th Century onward from houses like Cartier, Bulgari, Boucheron, Boivin, Verdura, Van Cleef &Arpels and Harry Winston to name just a few of the gems you will find here.
There are a few more on our tour but we need to save some of our secrets until the après tour article goes live.
Just a little cheat sheet on the time periods:
Art Nouveau (1880-1910)
Edwardian/Belle Époque (1901-1915)
Art Deco Art Deco (1920-1939)
Mid 20th Century- (primarily 50’s -60’s)
Seventies Vintage- 1970’s