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MARIANNE OSTIER

Jewels and the Woman

Marianne Ostier (1902 – 1976) was the principal designer and artistic driving force behind Ostier Inc., the New York jewelry firm she founded in 1941 with her husband Oliver. Marianne studied painting and sculpture at the Vienna Academy of Arts & Crafts and was a practicing artist when she married Oliver, a third-generation Austrian court jeweler. The couple emigrated to the United States following the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938.

Her background in art, particularly sculpture, informed her creations. Fully capturing the modernity of the mid-century, she was known for her masterful use of biomorphic shapes, intricate abstract settings and organic textures. She was particularly acclaimed for her work with diamonds, winning numerous prestigious design awards and receiving accolades throughout her career.

The majority of the firm’s output was bespoke jewelry for private clients with few pieces ever produced in quantity. As a result, Ostier’s work may be less well known today than some of their contemporaries, but at the time they were considered one of the finest jewelry houses in New York. Women who wanted daring and original jewelry sought them out for unique custom pieces. Fans included members of European nobility, Manhattan socialites and well-known collectors like Marlene Dietrich. Upon the death of her husband in 1969, Marianne decided to close the business and all remaining inventory was auctioned through the Parke-Bernet Galleries.

Her background in art, particularly sculpture, informed her creations. Fully capturing the modernity of the mid-century, she was known for her masterful use of biomorphic shapes, intricate abstract settings and organic textures. She was particularly acclaimed for her work with diamonds, winning numerous prestigious design awards and receiving accolades throughout her career.
 
The majority of the firm’s output was bespoke jewelry for private clients with few pieces ever produced in quantity. As a result, Ostier’s work may be less well known today than some of their contemporaries, but at the time they were considered one of the finest jewelry houses in New York. Women who wanted daring and original jewelry sought them out for unique custom pieces. Fans included members of European nobility, Manhattan socialites and well-known collectors like Marlene Dietrich. Upon the death of her husband in 1969, Marianne decided to close the business and all remaining inventory was auctioned through the Parke-Bernet Galleries.

Marianne Ostier Platinum and Diamond Ribbon Necklace
Marianne Ostier Platinum and Diamond Ribbon Necklace
Marianne Ostier Platinum and Diamond Ribbon Necklace
Marianne Ostier Platinum and Diamond Ribbon Necklace
Marianne Ostier Platinum and Diamond Ribbon Necklace
Marianne Ostier Platinum and Diamond Ribbon Necklace
Marianne Ostier Platinum and Diamond Ribbon Necklace
Marianne Ostier Platinum and Diamond Ribbon Necklace
Marianne Ostier Platinum and Diamond Ribbon Necklace

Marianne Ostier Platinum and Diamond Ribbon Necklace