About Us

Welcome to Primavera Gallery

For over forty years, we have been seeking out the finest and most interesting decorative objects, jewelry, furniture, and paintings associated with the major design movements of our century.

The fine pieces that you see on our site represent only a small part of our in-depth inventory.

We hope you enjoy our collection.

the Collection

The fine pieces that you see on our site represent only a small part of our in-depth inventory.

We are proud to have been instrumental in building a number of fine, private collections. Why not let us help you to either create a great collection, or find that perfect piece of jewelry, furniture, or beautiful object?

Primavera Gallery is also interested in purchasing fine pieces in every area of our interest. If you have a piece, or an entire collection that you are interested in selling, please contact us.

Jewelry

We are known world-wide for our fine, rare and collectible vintage, estate and period jewels spanning over 200 years of jewelry design, with pieces dating from the late 17th century up until the present. Our emphasis is on unusual signed pieces, Art Deco through the 1960 's.

We are not interested in large diamonds or masses of precious stones -- this, for us, is geology rather than jewelry. We are interested in great style, exciting design and integrity of workmanship. Our collection includes all of the major individual designers, as well as the great jewelry houses.

We also offer the work of individual contemporary jewelry designers of special merit, among them Pol Bury, Bruno Martinazzi and Andrew Grima, and we are adding interesting contemporary and studio jewelry from many talented designers working today.

Museums & Lending

Over the years we have also loaned to and sold to many museums, including:

Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The Cooper-Hewitt Museum
The Museum of Modern Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts
The Toledo Museum of Art
The Portland Museum of Art
The Taft Museum
The Los Angeles Museum of Art
The Norwest Collection
The National Jewelry Institute at the Forbes Galleries
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts
The Design Museum of Helsinki, Finland

Museo degli Argenti
Palazzo Pitti, Firenze
The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
The Daytona Art Institute
The Andy Warhol Museum
The Houston Center for Contemporary Art
The Field Museum, Chicago, ILThe Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
The Palo Alto Art Center, CA
The Munson William Proctor Museum in New York State
The Norton Museum in Palm Beach, Florida
The Royal Ontario Museum, The Winnipeg Art Gallery
The Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo

how it was

Primavera Through the Years

The 1970’s were a very exciting time for us. Art Nouveau had already become very popular, and we were dealing in Tiffany, Lalique and beautiful silver jewelry — we couldn’t yet afford gold.

Frequent trips to Paris introduced us to great Art Deco, and wonderful things from both periods were coming out of the original homes. In addition to many dealers, the Flea Market was a treasure hunt. The Weiner Werkatatte Movement was also very sought after, and we went often to Vienna.

There were always great things to buy, and we had some very notable clients, including Andy Warhol, who was a regular visitor. Audrey even appeared as View Girl in Andy’s Interview Magazine.

The 1980’s saw even more collectors for great Art Nouveau, Art Deco and related periods.

By this time, the 1930’s and ’40’s were also being discovered. Furniture, glass, silver and metal, jewelry — we had clients for everything.

We were in Europe almost as much as we were in NY. Christies and Sotheby’s were having important sales in Monaco, and those were so much fun, and so exciting.

By this time, we could afford not only gold jewelry but important pieces by the most sought after designers and jewelry houses. Jewelry was now a major part of the Primavera catalogue and we were the first to offer jewelry from the 1930’s and ’40’s.

The 1990’s continued the trend. Unique stand out pieces became harder to find, but we managed to find them.

Mid century Italian was becoming increasingly recognized, especially Carlo Molino, Gio Ponti, and Murano glass.

Our frequent acquisition trips to Europe now included stops in Milan and Turin. We also became interested in Contemporary design, and held gallery shows for a number of important designers.

By 2000, French and Italian mid-century was now in high demand, with fresh and amusing designs that characterized the post-war years.

Italian glass became even more important, as was great, signed jewelry.

By this time, the market had moved away from  some of the periods we had been most involved with earlier but new attention was being focused on the beautiful work done in the US by such greats as George Nakashima,  Vladimir Kagan, Paul Evans, Warton Esherick  and many others.

Jewelry continued to be a major part of our business, and contemporary American glass artists, in addition to earlier Italian glass, was  attracting many new collectors.

In 2006, we decided to move Primavera from Madison Avenue to Chelsea, where many galleries were opening. This was also an exciting time for us.  Great Art Deco was now costly and elusive, and while we continued to search out wonderful pieces, we focused on the more contemporary styles, and have found it interesting and rewarding to have been involved in over a century of great design in every area.