COLLECTING
Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Biosymbol, golden cuff with rubies. Courtesy of Lalaounis.

Gold and precious stones have always fascinated man. Classifiers of power, prestige, and status, gold and gems have increased their value when an artist crafts beautiful objects with them. This is what Greek jeweler Ilias Lalaounis (1920- ) has been doing since he entered the family business in the 1940s. His eponymous company was formed […]

Konstantinos Maleas. Attika, 1923. Collection of the Greek Parliament, Athens.

Empty storefronts and bankrupt businesses indicate the depths of the financial crisis in Greece.  Art sales that take place on Athenian sidewalks make the crisis even more palpable at least to those with a knowledge and sense of history. Parting with a beloved work of art, especially one from the promising period of the 1920s […]