Signed Kelt vintage jewelry
The history of the French jewelry brand Kelt spans no more than three decades, from 1936 to early 1960s. Initially, it was a studio-workshop in Paris, founded in 1936 by French jewelry designer Maison Rivière. Riviere was a member of the public art association of designers and writers of Franco-Breton origin “Union of Seven Brothers” (Ar Seiz Breur). An important focus of this movement was the revival of the original Kelt-Breton art. Accordingly, in their work, they used Celtic symbolism, combining it with folk ornamental archaism, early Christian symbolism and medieval heraldry. In fact, the Kelt Maison Rivière Company was the only studio-workshop in France that embodied the images and ideas of the “Union of Seven Brothers” in jewelry.
Noteworthy, created exclusively by hand, jewelry in the period 1935-1939 was carried out by prominent artists and designers of France. In particular, one of the creators of the Seiz Breur artistic movement Breton designer René Yves Creston (1898-1964), and Pierre Péron (1905-1988).
Having survived the German occupation and the post-war years, the Kelt studio practically ceased operations in the early 1960s. Although the French jewelry company Madilar bought out the Kelt brand and its jewelry stock in 2000, no new products appeared. The new owners announced their intention to revive the Kelt while maintaining its unique cultural identity. However, currently the company sells Kelt jewelry made in the middle of the last century.
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