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circa 1925
An exceptional and rare rose quartz octagonal box with mosaic gemstone lid by Makowsky.

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An exceptional and rare rose quartz and gem-set box by Marchak c.1925, the octagonal box carved from a single piece of pale pink rose quartz and edged around the top with a rim of yellow gold, the lid of yellow gold inlaid with a panel of exquisitely crafted gemstone mosaic by the master craftsman Vladimir Makowsky depicting a landscape with a male and female figure seated on a bench surrounding a large mother-of-pearl wisteria tree under whose hanging boughs they relax, smoking a pipe and reading a book respectively, in the foreground a flower bed of carved gold with flowers in coral, malachite, lapis lazuli and turquoise.
  • OriginFrance
  • Gemstones and Other MaterialsRose quartz, mother-of-pearl, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis lazuli and chalcedony
  • Condition ReportVery fine
  • Setting18ct yellow gold, the front lower right of the mosaic panel with Makowsky’s signature letter ‘M’, the reverse of the panel (concealed behind the gold plate) signed ‘A. Marchak Made in France’.
  • Weight description235 grams
  • Dimensions7.7cm x 7.31cm x 4.7cm (inclusive of lid)
Directors notes
It is very rare to see the signatures of these two highly important Russian born Parisian jewellers together. So much of Makowsky’s work went unsigned that even when a collaboration is suspected it cannot usually be verified. The signatures together on this remarkable box confirm beyond question that the master of mosaic inlay did indeed work with Marchak as he did with numerous other fine jewellery houses in Paris during the 1920s and 30s.


Often referred to as the ‘Cartier of Kiev’, the house of Marchak was a widely respected Russian-French firm best remembered today for their wonderful Art Deco jewellery. 

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