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Saturday, July 27, 2013

A La Veille Russie

Well, this store with expensive Russian art goods has been around for ages, so there must be (famous last words) a lot of reviews on Yelp about, will have to try something else!

This is not the kind of place I would ever shop, and I have never been inside...but who knows what you may like 

Here are a few Google reviews and they all seem to be from five years ago...I think we will leave these for the end and go to Wikipedia  first instead..

A La Vieille Russie

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A La Vieille Russie facade. 2009 photo.
A La Vieille Russie is a New York antiques gallery specializing in European and American antique jewelry, and in Russian works of art. A family business since its establishment in Kiev in 1851, it has been in its present Fifth Avenue location at 781 Fifth Avenue at 59th Street, opposite the southeast corner of Central Park, since 1961. Featured are artworks by Carl Fabergé, created for members of the Romanov court and other wealthy patrons in turn-of-the-century Russia. A La Vieille Russie has bought and sold many of the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs.


A La Vieille Russie, a family enterprise since its founding in Kiev in 1851, left the turmoil of the Revolution and was re-established in Paris around 1920 by Jacques Zolotnitsky, the grandson of the founder, with his nephew Léon Grinberg, and later by Alexander Schaffer in America.
Still a multi-generational family business, under the direction of brothers, Messrs. Paul and Peter L. Schaffer, and Paul's son, Dr. Mark A. Schaffer, A La Vieille Russie continues to deal in fine art and antiques. In its original location in Kiev, goldsmith and jeweler Carl Fabergé, whose shop was nearby, was himself a client.
The gallery moved to Paris in the 1920s, where clients included Queen Marie of Romania, Grand Duchesses Xenia and Olga, sisters of Nicholas II, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, King Farouk and others, and the shop became a focal point for émigré aristocracy and intellectual activity.
A La Vieille Russie today.
With the onset of World War II, the gallery relocated from Paris to New York. Initially, it was one of the first tenants at Rockefeller Center in 1934, then moved to another Fifth Avenue location in 1941, and finally to its present location in 1961 on New York’s famed Fifth Avenue, at 59th Street opposite the south entrance of Central Park.
In America, A La Vieille Russie quickly established itself as a leader in the market for Fabergé and Russian Imperial treasures. It helped form all the major American Fabergé collections, like the Forbes Magazine Collection, many of which are now in museums such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The gallery also specializes in European and American antique jewelry, 18th-century European gold snuffboxes, and antique Russian decorative arts, including silver, enamel, and porcelain, as well as Russian paintings, icons, and furniture.
The gallery exhibits annually at TEFAF Maastricht in the Netherlands, New York's Winter Antiques Show, Masterpiece in London, and the New York International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show. A La Vieille Russie is a member of the National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America (NAADAA).

Key Exhibitions at A La Vieille Russie

Fabergé. 1949.
Antique Automatons. 1950.
Russian Icons. 1962.
The Art of the Goldsmith and the Jeweler. 1968.
Fabergé. 1983.
An Imperial Fascination: Porcelain. Dining with the Czars. Peterhof. 1991.
Alexandre Iacovleff – Paintings and Drawings. 1993.
Golden Years of Fabergé. Drawings and Objects from the Wigström Workshop. 2000.
Mechanical Wonders: The Sandoz Collection. 2011.

External links

CINOA (Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d'Art, or International Confederation of Traders in Works of Art)
Masterpiece Fair London
TEFAF Maastricht - The World's Leading Art and Antiques Fair
International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show
Winter Antiques Show
The National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America
The Art and Antique Dealers League of America
Antiques Roadshow

And here are those old reviews

781 5th Ave New York, NY 10022
$$$$Antique StoreToday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
European and American Antique Jewelry, Fabergé, Russian Works of Art
4.638 reviews
With its “old-world atmosphere”, this “exquisite” East 50s gallery is an “extraordinary” “window into Czarist Russia”, showcasing “rare Fabergé confections”, “dazzling displays” of jewelry and other “museum-quality” antiques and art objects; even with the help of an “attentive” staff, some find the level of luxury “forbidding” since “even oligarchs can’t afford it” here, but most are content to simply “look” and “dream.”
At a glance: european and american · snuff boxes · objets de vertu · american antique · russian art
All reviews
A Zagat User
reviewed 5 years ago
the jewelry shop of a thousand white nights. alvr is part of a vanishing new york scene, more suited to man men than manhattan as it is today, and it's a mystery how it does enough business to stay around. but go and see the real thing, from faberge to rose diamonds.
A Zagat User
reviewed 5 years ago
fabulous, fabulous, fabulous russian specialties priced ot mathv - but even if all you do is window shop, this shop is worth the effort!
A Zagat User
reviewed 5 years ago
this is the place in manhattan (and, maybe, the universe) for treasures of the faberge and faberge era but the prices are shocking and the ambiance is far too forbidding to allow bargaining. for all but the rocket-rich, best to view it as a museum.
A Zagat User
reviewed 5 years ago
the best of the best. no one should be too rich to be jaded about the merchandise or service at this new york institution.
A Zagat User
reviewed 5 years ago
prices are high, even stratospheric, but no one else in this country can compete. this is a unique store
A Zagat User
reviewed 8 years ago
some of the most beautiful and rare things on the earth. fabrige, which it is cost effective to fake competently, is absolutely authenticated here.