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 Swiss watch Vasheron & Constantine is considered one of the most expensive and prestigious in the world. In the second half of the 18th century, Switzerland, from a country full of coups and military mercenaries, smoothly transferred to a country with rapidly developing industry, where one of the main areas of industry was the production of watches.
Switzerland always paid great attention to watchmaking, so in 1601 a special guild of watchmakers was formed in Geneva, and at the end of the 18th century there could already count about 200 watch shops and more than 800 watchmakers. Jean-Marc Washeron, had to work in conditions of strong competition, which served as a tendency to constantly improve the quality and perfection of the characteristics of his watches, and already in 1770, Jean-Marc Washeron released the first pocket watch “Complication” with a complicated clockwork, which served as a kind of statement on the Swiss watch market about outstanding creative abilities. Continue reading
The company was founded in 1868 by American watchmaker Florentin Ariosto Jones and watchmaker-entrepreneur Johann Heinrich Moser in the city of Schaffhausen. The newly made company was aimed at the production of watches in large volumes. One of the founders, Jones, was not only a watchmaker, but also an engineer, so he directed all his ambitions to create the best watches. The best watches. Continue reading