ERIE BASIN ANTIQUES
1920s Art Deco 0.51ct European Cut Diamond (H-I SI1) Ring
Diamond Sides, Platinum (sold)
If our little baby boy will tolerate it, this week I’d like to go see the JAR show that just opened at the Met. JAR is the work of a reclusive Parisian jeweler named Joel A. Rosenthal, who produces incredibly labor intensive jewelry, in incredibly small quantities, for incredibly large sums of money. I’ve only once seen a JAR piece in person, so the chance to see hundreds of them at the Met is very exciting.
Too often contemporary jewelry uses modern technology as a crutch to reduce hand-work and production costs. JAR embraces the labor-intensive processes that most jewelers gave up 90 years ago, but also takes advantage of modern day technology (especially micro-pave). The results are spectacular.
1920s European Cut Diamond Cluster Ring (in the online shop)
As usual, Erie Basin is closed next week for the week of Thanksgiving. We’ll be back to regular hours on December 4th. I’ll be doing be lots of buying over the next couple weeks, so stay tuned…
Late 19th Century Niagara Falls “Legend of the White Canoe” Oil on Canvas, 60 x 40” $4250
I was really pleased to get my hands on this, and even thought about taking it home. But for now, it’s hanging at Erie Basin. The painting depicts the legend of the white canoe, a nonsense myth mostly for the benefit of tourists, I think. But the myth made for some breathtaking imagery.
There are early 1900s postcards from Niagara Falls that depict this image almost exactly. Given this painting’s age and scale, it seems likely that the postcards were illustrations based on this very painting. And there’s a New York Times article from 1893 that describes a similar painting that once hung in a hotel in Niagara. Tempting to think it’s that painting.
1900s Edwardian Turquoise and Pearl Lavalier Necklace, 10K Gold (in the online shop)
Rings for Jen & Lauren
1890s Emerald, Ruby, Diamond and Pearl Earrings (in the online shop)
1910-20s Art Deco 0.94ct Old European Cut Diamond (H/VS2) Engagement Ring, 14K Yellow Gold Filigree, Platinum Top (sold)