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Most often, customers are offered silver pair Saturday candlesticks, Hanukkah lamps, all kinds of aromatics, pointers and the so-called “kid glasses” or, depending on the shape, size, “kid’s glasses” created on the territory of the Russian Empire in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The same products, sometimes from earlier eras and mainly from Western European production, are presented and bought at Sotheby’s and Christie’s auctions. As a rule, the price of such antiques is quite high, which is explained not so much by the artistic merits of the products, as by their unusualness and rarity.
Jewish art, which is closely connected with religion and the cult ritualism of everyday life, was not appreciated until relatively recently. Continue reading
The Art Deco style first made itself known in the early 1920s in France, then spread to the United States and most European countries. After the First World War, a significant shift in priorities occurred in society, the pace of life accelerated, and, following the requirements of the time, women were forced to learn how to do men’s work. When you imagine a woman of the 30s, the imagination draws a short-cut lady, shrouded in
a cloud of cigarette smoke, which, along with men, knows how to drive a car, but at the same time does not refuse exquisite jewelry and outfits. They only became different – the complexity and floridity of the Art Nouveau style disappeared, and simplicity and practicality came to the fore. Continue reading
Jewelry of the new style at the end of the 19th century conquered everyone with its bright decorativeness and imagery, which are characterized by drama and symbolism, unusually interpreted mythological characters, asymmetric mannerism and sophistication of lines. Equally typical for this style are the images of luxurious, fatal women – femme fatale. In this context, there is a certain symbolism reflecting the passing age and the changes that it entailed, including the new role of women in society.
The end of the nineteenth – the beginning of the twentieth century – a tense period in the history of both countries – Russia and France. Continue reading