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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Enchanting Imagination: The Objets d'Art of André Chervin and Carvin French Jewelers

Carvin French Jewelers’ Strawberry Bush, in red coral, nephrite, smoky quartz, and 18K yellow gold.

170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, USA

Those Bulgari, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. objets d’art you’ve seen and loved may not have been made by Bulgari, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. but by Carvin French, founded in 1954 by the jewelers André Chervin and Serge Carponcy (who retired in 1983). Chervin, now 95 and still at the helm of the company, is finally having his moment in the sun. Born in 1927, to Jewish parents living in Paris, Chervin survived W.W. II, trained as a jeweler in Paris, and then came to America in 1951. His daughter, Carole Chervin, who is the vice president of the company, recently told The New York Times, “He’s sensitive about animals, flowers and fruit. And that just oozes out of everything. He gets such joy out of studying the incredible geometry and color combinations.” As for the 75 Carvin French creations on view in this glittering exhibition—lamps, clocks, figurines, boxes, personal accessories, and table decorations fashioned in gold and silver, gemstones and masterfully carved semi-precious stones—let’s just say they give joy. —Laura Jacobs