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Macklowe Gallery Lends Finest Art Deco Jewelry to Nassau County Museum of Art —  3/26/2018

New York, NY – (March 26, 2018): The period between the First and Second World Wars was a time of radical transformation in modern life. Art, fashion, and globalization all played key roles in defining the styles and tastes of the era that was most famously identified as the decadent heyday of such heroes as Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker and Gertrude Stein. In the new multimedia exhibit, Anything Goes: The Jazz Age in Art, Music and Literature, opening at the Nassau County Museum of Art on March 24, 2018, Macklowe Gallery will showcase stunning examples of rare and exquisite Art Deco jewelry from their private collection.

“The Art Deco Period was a time of great change – from the technology that allowed the mining of platinum, to the trade routes that opened up access to the influences of Africa, India and the Far East, to the radical change in the feminine silhouette brought about by designers such as Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel,” notes Macklowe Gallery President, Benjamin Macklowe. “We see all of this reflected in the materials and design of Art Deco jewelry, with the motifs, styles, and materials of Japan, China, Egypt, Persia, and Russia coming together to create fundamental innovations in jewelry as an artisanal genre.”

For nearly 50 years, Macklowe Gallery has been the world's premier dealer of museum-quality 20th century jewelry and decorative arts. The Gallery has lent a selection of exclusive pieces to the museum for the Anything Goes exhibit, including an American Art Deco platinum and enamel watch/brooch with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds by Tiffany & Co. The piece has 215 round-cut diamonds, 14 baguette diamonds and 20 square-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 6.55 carats in diamonds alone. Eleven cabochon and calibré -cut emeralds, six cabochon rubies and one carved bead ruby complete this stunning watch/brooch (circa 1920s).

“Nothing says ‘Jazz Age’ like the elegance of Art Deco jewelry, so we were thrilled to include masterworks of this amazing era from Macklowe Gallery. Even though I was prepared for major virtuosity of design and color, when I finally saw them in person I have to admit I was completely dazzled, as our visitors will be,” confesses Charles Riley, director of the Nassau Museum, curator of the show and the author of two books on the art and design of the Jazz Age.

Also included in the exhibit will be a French Art Deco platinum necklace with diamonds and emeralds by Henri Picq. The necklace centers on an emerald-cut diamond with an approximate total weight of 2.50 carats, and baguette, old European-cut and single-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 40.00 carats. The pendant has 2 emerald-cut emeralds and 44 calibré-cut emeralds with an approximate total weight of 7.70 carats. The pendant is detachable from the twisted design and barrel-shaped links of the necklace (circa 1925).

Additionally, Macklowe Gallery will include a French Art Deco platinum bracelet with diamonds by Okrant et Davidonniez. The flexible openwork bracelet has 512 European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 38.00 carats, 2 larger diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.00 carats, and 2 smaller flanking diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.00 carat. With original box (circa 1920s).

The exhibition, Anything Goes: The Jazz Age in Art, Music and Literature, will run from March 24-July 8, 2018. For more information about Macklowe Gallery’s new flagship store relocation, or to arrange an interview with Benjamin Macklowe, please contact Lauren Banyar Reich (lreich@lbrpr.com or 202-246-8789).

About the Museum

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.

Public Information: Nassau County Museum of Art, (516) 484-9338; nassaumuseum.org

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