Paul Flato Jeweler to the Stars

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Elizabeth Irvine Bray

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9781851496242
Hardback
Antique Collectors' Club
Territory: World
Size: 277 mm x 277 mm
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 166 colour, 84 b&w

RRP £45.00

  • A tribute to the life and work of the original Hollywood jeweller - Paul E. Flato (1900-1999)
  • As well as images of the jewellery, sourced from auctions and private collections, this book includes photographs from the Flato family archives, important New York and Hollywood clients wearing Flato's jewels, film stills and studio portraits and the original drawings of the jewellery from private collectors as well as the Flato family archives

Paul Flato was Hollywood's first celebrity jeweller. At the height of his career, he was more famous than Tiffany & Co. or Harry Winston. This lavishly illustrated book shows his exquisite pieces alongside the stars, socialites and heiresses who wore them.

Branching into motion pictures at the pinnacle of Hollywood's Golden Era, Flato designed jewellery for a total of six films, including Holiday (1938) with Katherine Hepburn and the disastrous flop, Two Faced Woman (1941), the last film Greta Garbo ever made. However, by 1943 his career and reputation had plummeted as he faced financial ruin and was heading "up the river" to the infamous Sing Sing prison. Now, more than fifty years later, Flato's distinctive jewellery, still fresh and chic, has reemerged to captivate a new audience.

Including previously unpublished photographs from the Flato family archives, this tribute to one of America's greatest jewellers will enchant connoisseurs, collectors and Hollywood film buffs alike.

A graduate gemologist from the Gemmological Institute of America in New York, Elizabeth Irvine Bray was a jewellery specialist with Christie's auction house for over 7 years. She is currently a consultant and appraiser based in Los Angeles.

What the press have said about this book...

"This beautiful book shows Flato's exquisate pieces in all their glory, sparkling on the page alongside the stars, socialites and heiresses who wore them..." Antiques Diary.  Click here to read the full review

 

"A tribute to the life and work of the original Hollywood jeweller..." Antiques Info.  Click Here to read the full review