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Dining Elegance: A Magnificent Surtout de Table Service Offered on July 18th

At the turn of the 19th century, the art of table decoration transformed as dining patterns changed. The once popular dining à la française in which all of the courses were laid out for the guests at the start of the meal began fading out of popularity as a new fashion of eating was ushered in: dining à la russe. Similar to modern restaurant service, food was prepared in the kitchen and brought out to the guests in courses, leaving room on the table for decoration.… Read More

Skinner Auction to Feature Rare Jewels by Marcus & Co.

BOSTON, Mass. – May 31, 2013Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Jewelry in its Boston gallery on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The sale will feature over 500 lots of antique and period jewelry, as well as contemporary jewelry by famous makers including Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Cartier. Skinner is pleased to be offering a fine collection of Marcus & Co. jewelry acquired from a Maine estate.

Marcus & Co. Jewelry

During the early 20th century, the firm of Marcus & Co.Read More

The Little-known Story of Marcus & Company Jewelry

Have you ever heard of the jewelry firm Marcus & Co.? If not, you’re not alone. While Cartier and Tiffany are household names synonymous with luxury jewelry, Marcus & Co. is not. Yet this designer of fine jewelry deserves its place among the elite.

Herman Marcus came to New York from Germany in 1850 and started working as a designer at Tiffany & Co. He represented Tiffany at the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Marcus left Tiffany around 1884 to establish his own firm, Marcus & Co.Read More