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Mark Schaffer

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A La Vieille Russie
New York, NY
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4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24
Phone
212-752-1727
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Mark Schaffer, Ph.D., is a principal at A La Vieille Russie, a family business founded in Kiev in 1851, specializing in fine European and American jewelry, Fabergé, gold snuffboxes and objects de vertu, and Russian decorative and fine arts.

Since graduation from Harvard College and U.C. Berkeley, Dr. Schaffer has spent over 20 years at ALVR. He serves on the boards of the National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America, and the American Society of Jewelry Historians.

Dr. Schaffer has curated exhibitions at ALVR, and has lectured internationally, including in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he judged FAF's Young Jewelers Competition. Recent publications include "Talashkino: Exemplar of Russian Arts and Crafts."

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