From Immigrant Watchmaker to Royal Jeweller – the Many Lives of Moyshe Oved
8th June, 1-2pm
Christies South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road SW7 3LD
Moyshe Oved was best known for Cameo Corner, an Alladin’s cave of antique jewellery which he opened in Museum Street around 1910. A Polish-Jewish watchmaker turned jewellery dealer, he had an extraordinary eye for gems and a remarkably wide-ranging clientele; Queen Mary was a regular customer for many years. But Oved was also an accomplished writer and poet, a patron of the arts (including Ben Uri), a world expert on cameos and an original jeweller. His own pieces, and those of his wife Sah Oved, are now highly prized. Come and rediscover one of London’s most fascinating personalities in the company of:
John Benjamin – Jewellery historian and Antiques Roadshow expert, who worked in Cameo Corner in the 1970s. John served his four-year apprenticeship at Cameo Corner from 1972 to 1976 before leaving to join Phillips Auctioneers where he ultimately became International Director of Jewellery responsible for the sale programme in London and Geneva. He is now an independent jewellery historian, lecturer and valuer, well-known from his appearances on BBC Television’s ever-popular Antiques Roadshow.
David Mazower – BBC news editor and a writer on Yiddish culture in London and Ben Uri. David Mazower is the author of ‘Yiddish Theatre in London’ and numerous articles on Jewish immigrant history in Britain and modern Yiddish culture. He is co-editor of Pakn Treger, the magazine of the Yiddish Book Centre, writes for the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project, and is a senior staff journalist with BBC World Service.
Free to attend, no booking required.