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A colored diamond and smokey quartz ring, by Suzanne Belperron
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BELPERRON FOR BOIVIN
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This most unusual jewel has many influences; among them the art of Africa which stepped into the spotlight during the 1931 Exposition Coloniale Internationale. It was created by Rene Boivin's renowned firm, which was known for its innovative and unique jewels largely designed by women, among them the enigmatic and widely acclaimed Suzanne Belperron.
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JACKIE OH!, KITTY KELLEY
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Kelley's first celebrity biography chronicles the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In it, Kelley describes John F. Kennedy's womanizing and includes "revelations" about Onassis's love life, her depression and her alleged electric shock treatment. This first edition copy makes a welcome, if not controversial, addition to any home library.
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WARHOL
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Andy Warhol, one of the 20th century's most creative, prolific and influential artists, defined a decade and a culture with his groundbreaking Pop Art. Initially a popular Manhattan commercial artist, Warhol achieved fame with his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, which revealed the beauty within mass culture.
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A pair of fluted emerald bead, ruby and diamond ear pendants, by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1963
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THE EAR CLIP
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Since antiquity earrings had mainly been secured by means of fittings for pierced ears. It was only during the 1930s that clip fittings for earrings were introduced and became fashionable. The shapes of the 1930s were mainly compact in form and often followed the contour of the ear, designed for the right and the left side and were not interchangeable.
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THE £1000000 BANK-NOTE AND OTHER NEWS STORIES, MARK TWAIN, FIRST EDITION
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Published in 1893, during waning optimism, labor problems, and a spike in social unrest, The £1,000,000 Bank-Note charts the rags-to-riches ascent of a mining broker's clerk from San Francisco who arrives in London with a single dollar in his pocket, and climbs to success and fame in London society.
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JAMES ROSENQUIST
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Billboard painter turned 'Pop Art' icon, Rosenquist adeptly applied many of the not-so-fine art techniques he learned painting signs to his later work. Masterfully layering recognizable imagery in various volumes and proportions, his pieces have caused us to think about everyday things in much more abstract ways.
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An ivory and gold bangle bracelet, by Suzanne Belperron for Boivin, circa 1930
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SERTI INVISIBLE
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The invisible setting or serti invisible was patented by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1935. This revolutionary technique set gems in such a way that no metal was visible from the front. To achieve this effect, a gemstone, suitably shaped, was mounted on metal rails which ran into grooves cut at the side of the stone.
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ELOISE IN PARIS,
KAY THOMPSON
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Join Eloise and "Nanny", as everyone's favorite six-year old turns her world upside down yet again – this time on her latest travels to Paris! Originally printed in 1957, this first print edition copy is a quintessential addition to any young reader’s budding collection.
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LALANNE 'RHINO-CRETAIRE'
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For more than four decades, the French husband-and-wife artists Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne charmed art and style lovers with their whimsical, sensual animal sculptures. Oblivious of the boundaries between fine and decorative art, the series of famous bronze rhinoceros desks began with his first 'Rhino-cretaire' in 1964.
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A pair of gold, ruby, sapphire and diamond 'Cous Cous' bracelets, by Van Cleef & Arpels
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RED, WHITE & BLUE
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As the July 4th holiday approaches, we at FD would like to wish all our friends a very happy and healthy Independence Day. Whether stateside or abroad, we would like to share with you some of the newest stars and sparklers of our collection. Have a safe, relaxing holiday!
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CAMELOT,
ALAN JAY LERNER
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Lerner and Loewe's Camelot is ultimately responsible for bringing King Arthur, Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot from royal court to center stage, in their 1960 adaptation of The Once and Future King. From the emergence of a hero to the ultimate fall of a family as father is pinned against son. A must-have for any home library.
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PETER C. JONES
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Educated at the Rhode Island School of Design, Jones has had numerous exhibitions, and even had collections housed in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the MoMA. While acting as photographer for Social Gardens, Jones also authored numerous books, leading to a Communications Arts Award of Excellence for picture editing.
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A diamond and platinum necklace, by Suzanne Belperron
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THE DIAMOND JUBILEE
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Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee takes place this year from June 2-June 5, marking the Queen's 60 years on the throne. Her coronation took place on June 2, 1953. This desk clock of rutilated quartz and gold was commissioned by Cartier to commemorate that event.
FATHER'S DAY AT FD
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Perfect gifts for the Dad on your list: 1st Edition Books, Objet d'Art and One-of-a-Kind Pieces from Cartier, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Viren Bhagat, and more.
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GEORGIA O'KEEFE
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A pioneer in the modern art movement - first gained critical recognition in 1916. However, it was in the late 1920s that she began to work in Northern New Mexico and the surrounding regions of the American Southwest. There she created many of her most celebrated pieces. Today, the area has become known as "O'Keeffe Country".
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A set of multi-gem and diamond 'Carre' brooch and ear clips, by Bulgari
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TURQUOISE
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Turquoise from Persia and the Sinai has been know since antiquity and was frequently used in ancient Egyptian jewelry. From then on, it was used intermittently and particularly favored in the 1860s, mounted in necklaces designed as serpents. A century later, there was a resurgence for turquoise jewels, often combined with either diamonds, sapphires, rubies or amethyst.
SPRING 2012 CATALOG
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Take a peek at the new and coveted pieces FD had to offer this Spring 2012. Look inside.
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JAMES NARES
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James Nares' paintings seek to capture the very moment of their own creation. They are most frequently made in a single brush stroke, recording a gestural passage of time and motion across the canvas. Using brushes of his own design, creates his strokes until he has made one that represents a precision of balance between intent and improvisation.
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THE RING WATCH
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The ring watch was born alongside the emancipated woman of the 1920s, for whom it was now de rigueur to wear a wristwatch at all times, a symbol of a fast, liberated and dynamic life. Fashion gave a new field of creativity and encouraged jewelers to hide their mechanisms not only in elegant and elaborate bracelets, but also in the back of brooches or rings.
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An art deco ruby and platinum bracelet, by Boucheron
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DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD IN OZ,
BY FRANK L. BAUM
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Originally printed in 1908, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is only one of two books, in the forty book Oz series that was originally illustrated with water color paintings.
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ROBERT FRANK
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Robert Frank's NYC Lower East-Side Puerto-Ricans, circa 1954, depicts three teenage men flirtatiously posing for Frank's lens. In contrast with many of the images in The Americans, the subjects are directly interacting with Frank and not surreptitiously captured by his lens.
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A multi-gem and enamel snake bracelet, by David Webb
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Inspiration for Mumbai jeweler Viren Bhagat comes from the celebrated period of India's past, taking the best of older jewelry forms prevalent in the Mughal decorative arts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and making them feel new and contemporary.
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THE BELL JAR,
BY SYLVIA PLATH
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Sylvia Plath's first and only novel, The Bell Jar (1963), is a semi-autobiographical account of a young girl making her way in New York City in the 1950s. While navigating the social conventions of the time the book chronicles Esther Greenwood's decent into a depressed mental instability she likens to be trapped under a bell jar.
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ED RUSCHA,
BUSTED GLASS
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An artist who exemplifies West coast cool, Ed Ruscha's work holds a mirror up to the banality of urban life and gives order to the barrage of mass-media and information that confront us daily. His drawings of popped, punctured, fractured and shattered glass are executed with such perfection that it almost creates a kind of surreal reverie.
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Cultured pearl and smokey quartz ring, by Suzanne Belperron
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VALENTINE'S DAY
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The "day of love" celebration began with death. A Roman bishop by the name of Valentine defied Emperor Claudius II's decree that barred soldiers from marriage. It was discovered he was marrying soldiers and was labeled a traitor. Valentine was martyred. In memory of Valentine, Pope Gelasius declared him a saint on the date of his execution, February 14th.
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THE POETICAL WORKS OF S.T. COLERIDGE,
FIRST EDITION
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No author better embodies the Valentine’s Day spirit than S.T. Coleridge. Despite a life riddled with tragedy, loss and addiction, Coleridge managed to find beauty and love amidst the opium haze that endlessly clouded his tragic realities. Best known for his works The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan.
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NICK BRANDT,
LEOPARD STARING, MASAI MARA
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Photographer Nick Brandt works exclusively in East Africa to immortalize the wildlife in a “visual poetry”, before it is forever lost at the hands of man. Of his own work, the photographer has been quoted, “The photos are my elegy to these beautiful creatures…[whom are] tragically vanishing before our eyes”.
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A pair of amethyst ear pendants, by Hemmerle
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YEAR OF THE DRAGON
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According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, commencing on January 23. A creature of myth and legend, the Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness. May the celestial Dragon bring great good luck to us all!
FD ACQUISITION
FROM THE ELIZABETH TAYLOR COLLECTION,
EMERALD AND DIAMOND CHIMERA BRACELET, BY DAVID WEBB
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Setting world records for the most valuable private collection of jewelry sold at auction, Elizabeth Taylor's legendary jewels were sparkling symbols of all of the special relationships she nurtured throughout her life.
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MARC QUINN
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In The Night Garden is Quinn's series of flower paintings and prints that portray a contemporary Eden that can be described as vibrant and almost hallucinogenic. Depicting mixed arrangements of flowers that naturally would never be found in the same climate or season, Quinn defies mother nature.