Of floral design, modelled as twin turquoise flowerheads with cabochon ruby centres, surrounded by textured foliage, the branch accented by a circular-cut emerald, signed Marchak Paris, numbered 23823, French assay and import marks for gold, length 5.0cm
Marchak was founded in Kiev in 1878 by Joseph Marchak. Within twenty years, Marchak became one of the celebrated jewellers of the Russian empire, and jeweller to the Tsar. In the wake of the Russian revolution in 1918, the family emigrated to France, settling in Paris. By 1920, Marchak had opened an establishment at 4, rue de la Paix with Robert Linzeler, alongside many of the most famous jewellery houses. Marchak's son, Alexandre, took the business into the forties, and partnered with another scion of an important jewellery family, Jacques Verger, grandson of the Parisian watchmaker Ferdinand Verger. Like other European jewellers, this firm switched from platinum to gold in the 1930s. The sixties saw Jacques Verger creating luxurious, colourful jewelry for the American market. Clustered, undulating, multi-colored brooches cemented the success of the House of Marchak. The cachet came entirely from the charm of these "object-jewels" that clearly marked a break in the tradition of traditional French jewelry.
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