Elsa Schiaparelli hired him in the 1930's to design buttons for her clothing and later to costume jewelry for her design house. After WWII he moved to New York where he designed clothing and jewelry. In the mid-1950's he joined Tiffany & Co.
His clients were the A-list of royalty, Hollywood and politics, including the Duchess of Windsor, Greta Garbo, Gloria Vanderbilt and Jacqueline Kennedy. His whimsical designs included birds, animals and flowers. He worked in gold, precious stones and enamel in the style of Faberge.
|A pectoral cross.|
|A box covered in peridots.|
|I'd love to keep my rings inside!|
|Who cares what time it is ...|
|when time is this beautiful?|
|You always use salt cellars, right?|
The current exhibit at VMFA includes about 50 pieces from the collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon. Small boxes, salt cellars, and objects, with only a few pieces of jewelry.
I could have spent a week!