Niki pearl and Russian gilt sautoir, Miriam Haskell (Larry Vrba era), 1970s

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A lovely, very wearable piece of 1970s jewellery that will look as good today as it did then. The clever flat safety hook clasp was instituted into Haskell's jewellery line in the early 1970s which is very helpful in dating her timeless styles. The soft Russian gilding which was Haskell's trademark and a closely guarded secret, is pared brilliantly here with large Niki pearls in great condition.
Miriam Haskell was born in 1899, opening her first boutique near the McAlpin Hotel in New York in 1924 with the title ‘Miriam Haskell – le Bijou de l’Heure’, selling unusual, handmade pieces, when others were fascinated with machine made pieces. A contemporary of Coco Chanel, Haskell also incorporated sophisticated French components and craftsmanship, using glass from both Gripoix and Rousselet in Paris. Her characteristic celebrated ‘baroque’ (unevenly shaped) pearls came from the Far East and were made exclusively for her, composing some of the most creative and distinguished designs of the 20th Century. Although not a designer herself, she was a v canny businesswoman who knew how to get the very best out of her designers.. Her most extraordinary pieces were designed by Frank Hess and, later, Robert F. Clark,to be followed by Larry Vrba and Connie Petronio. Miriam Haskell died in 1981, having created a hugely successful and lasting business.

Details

  • Designer
    Lawrence Vrba for Miriam Haskell
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    1970-1979
  • Condition
    Good. This item can be shipped Express globally in 3 days, at the buyer's expense..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    0.5 in. W x 35 in. L
    1 cm W x 89 cm L
  • Length
    35 in. (89 cm)
  • Weight
    90g
  • Dealer Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Reference Number
    v30921707253058633fs
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