About

about-pageWe are art and antique dealers known worldwide for our collection of Russian treasures. Goldsmith and jeweler Carl Fabergé was a client, and we are recognized today as international experts on his works. We specialize in European and American antique jewelry, 18th-century European gold snuff boxes, and antique Russian fine and decorative art, including silver, enamel, porcelain, paintings, icons, and furniture. We offer works of only the highest quality provided by the result of generations of knowledge and expertise, in an environment of integrity, education, service, and personal attention.

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A La Vieille Russie, a family enterprise since its founding in Kiev in 1851, left the turmoil of the Revolution and was re-established in Paris around 1920 by Jacques Zolotnitsky, the grandson of the founder. The New York branch was opened in 1941 by the late Alexander Schaffer. Under the direction of brothers, Messrs. Paul and Peter L. Schaffer, and Paul’s son, Dr. Mark Schaffer, we continue the tradition of dealing in fine art and antiques our present location on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street since 1961, opposite Central Park.

ALVR maintains a strong exhibition schedule, both as exhibitors and lenders. We exhibit annually at TEFAF Maastricht in the Netherlands, New York’s Winter Antique Show, Masterpiece London, and the New York International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show.

We are members of The National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America, as well as, The Art and Antique Dealers League of America.

HISTORICAL JEWELRY STYLES

To learn more about the history of our pieces, please click here to view our Styles of Splendor page.

SERVICES FOR BUYERS

If you are interested in learning more about an item, please phone or email us. We can let you know the price, discuss your selection in detail, or respond to any other queries you might have. Purchases can be made at the store, or arranged by telephone. Major credit cards are accepted, and shipping can be arranged as necessary. (Please note: Items are subject to prior sale. Prices do not include any applicable taxes, duties, etc. Domestic shipping is normally included for small items, as is insurance during shipping. Please inquire about shipping charges for larger items, or for international shipments.)

SERVICES FOR SELLERS

We are always looking for beautiful merchandise of the highest quality to purchase outright. We buy both individual pieces or collections at competitive prices. Please forward photos, preferably by regular mail, and we will be pleased to discuss your options. We always recommend independent valuations prior to contacting us

CONDITIONS AND LOGISTICS

Please note that items are subject to prior sale. Prices listed are net of any applicable taxes, duties, etc. Domestic shipping is normally included for small items, as is insurance during shipping. Please inquire about shipping charges for larger items, or for international shipments.

We have made every effort to represent accurately our store and inventory on this site; however, errors might occur, so please be in touch to discuss your interests directly. Prices are subject to change without notice.