Kutchinsky is a brand that is synonymous with post-war exuberance, with bright, eye-catching vibrant and fun designs that are particularly popular with collectors at auction. With the pieces from the 1960s and 70s attracting a real following, the combination of sculptural bold design with bright precious and semi-precious gemstones is a winning combination at auction.
Kutchinsky was founded in 1893 by Hirsch Kutchinsky who had fled his home in Poland for London’s East End. Bringing with him a family wealth of experience, as jewellers to the court of Ludwig of Bavaria, Hirsch and his son Morris quickly gained a reputation for their fine jewellery set in platinum and diamonds, very much of the time.
In 1930, Morris was joined by his sons Joseph and Solomon, and it was Joseph’s vision and creativity that really created the Kutchinsky we know today. From the late 1940s onwards, the firm’s creations were bold and ostentatious, really celebrating the end of austerity and the renewed access to luxury items after the war. Joseph was a natural salesman, and by 1958 engineered the move to their Brompton Road, Knightsbridge premises. Playful designs included animal brooches, set in 18ct gold with diamond, coral, tiger’s eye, turquoise and enamel accents.
Kutchinsky was sold in 1991 to Moussaieff Jewellers, but the pieces created in the post-war years remain highly sought-after at auction.
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