Saturday, 20 November 2010

TIFFANY & Co: Two very rare pieces of art nouveau jewellery

Tiffany & Co is today one of the biggest jewellery firms in the world. It was founded in 1837 in New York as a small shop in Broadway of "curiosities of every description". The founders decision to speculate on diamonds provided the financial means to open several shops in Europe and to hire the best craftsmen. The business flourished and they earned many appointments as jewellers to monarchs both in Europe and Africa. Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of the founder, designed the famous coloured glass lamps that are treasured today by interior collectors. He also experimented with jewellery focusing on the use of enamel and the combination of coloured stones rather than on important diamonds. His pieces were inspired on Impressionism and very few have survived until today.

Sotheby's New York is hosting an auction of the jewellery collection from the Estate of William B. Dietrich  (Philadelphia) which presents two very rare pieces signed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. A coloured stone pendant-necklace set in an original gold and enamel chain of art nouveau design, and an opal, sapphire and garnet brooch that are a true collector's find.