At age 14, Joseph Abramovish Marchak left his childhood home to study as an apprentice at a jewelry workshop. In 1878, at age 24, he started МАРШАК, or The House of Marchak, which would soon be known as...LEARN MORE
At age 14, Joseph Abramovish Marchak left his childhood home to study as an apprentice at a jewelry workshop. In 1878, at age 24, he started МАРШАК, or The House of Marchak, which would soon be known as "The Cartier of Kiev". A household name in the Russian Empire, Marchak crafted the official gifts to be presented to Tsar Nicolas II on the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.
Joseph Marchak traveled frequently, and once even to the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago where he accepted an award for his impeccable designs. Each time he returned home, he would incorporate what he learned abroad into his own craft. An untimely death by cancer left the House of Marchak to Joseph's youngest son, Alexander. Alexander did not hesitate in opening a shop on Rue de la Paix next to the Hotel Ritz in Paris.
Known for their whimsical and bold brooches and rings, Marchak challenged the norm of traditional French fashion. When asked where his inspiration stemmed from, Alexander Marchak reflected on the ballet music of Stravinsky and Diaghilev. Some of Alexander's greatest Art Deco pieces were a result of a collaboration with Robert Linzeler, which only last from 1922 until 1925.
A 2000 revival of The House of Marchak was led by the great great-grandson of Joseph Marchak. The collection traveled around the world in much the same way as Joseph himself once did. As of 2010, the historical House of Marchak maintains headquarters in Moscow, Russia.BACK TO SHOP
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