Tuesday, 29 March 2011

YARD: an art deco double clip brooch

Raymond Yard's jewellery is known for using only the best quality gemstones and not just for his great design. According to Macklowe he "elevated Art Deco to a new level". He started working for Marcus  & Co at the age of thirteen. He spent twenty years learning every aspect of the business and in 1922 he opened his own business mainly due to the encouragement of  John D. Rockefeller Jr. His first commission was actually Rockefeller's wedding. If he was well known and appreciated before, this catapulted him to the highest society and celebrity world. He was such a perfectionist that there was never certainty about when a pice would be ready since he would only do it once he had found the most appropriate stone for each one of them. When he retired in 1958 he was succeeded by Robert Gibson who had also been trained at Marcus & Co. The firm continues today under Robert's son, Bob Gibson.

Yard became famous for mixing different cut gemstones to add light to the design as well as for redesigning existing pieces.

This diamond and ruby brooch is a very fine example of his work, it will be sold at Christies NY on April 12th.

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