The vastness of her private collection and the quality of her unique pieces are absolutely superb. Her taste is sublime; we were riveted by her stunning collection of jewelry and accessories that was created by Elsa Schiaparelli.
Time out for reflection, before another period of endless art consumption, I had the privilege of going to Freiburg (Breisgau) in Germany with Dennis Bornheim, Design Director of LeonardoVfashionbook, to see the private collections of ETCETERA.
To me this seemed to be a sort of mythical space that had been opened up by Maureen…. for the passionate collectors of the accessories in the jewelry field, and especially for private collectors. VINTAGE refers to jewelry from ca 1920-1980. For over 30 years Maureen has been collecting vintage costume jewelry. Most of her collection has been amassed during her annual worldwide travels over the past three decades, mainly to the USA.
Every American designer from A to Z can be found at ETCETERA, whether Trifari, Coro, Miriam Haskell or Eisenberg, as well as Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel, Coppola e Toppo, among others. In ETCETERA you will find a whole array of vintage hats of many well-known designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Mr John, Hattie Carnegie, Jacques Fath …
To view more authentic vintage hats by designer Elsa Schiaparelli from Maureen Winterhager’s collection, please request photos per email. firstname.lastname@example.org . Maureen became a fan of The Big Schiap about 20 years ago and has gradually accumulated a large collection of her jewelry, her hats, shoes, her perfumes and cosmetics, magazine articles, advertisements and other exciting memorabilia. Witness to a bygone era, this gorgeous collection is an archive of historical value.
Bakelite jewelry is another specialty of ETCETERA. Maureen has a vast selection of bracelets, necklaces and earrings from the USA. Highly collectible, bakelite is no longer manufactured today and jewelry made of bakelite is exceedingly hard to find, especially in Europe, where its uses were mainly prosaic.
A particularly interesting direction is her Galalith jewelry, of which she has a large collection of rare pieces signed Guillemette L’Hoir and Isadora de Paris.
I highly recommend a visit to Maureen’s shop in Freiburg – ETCETERA. You will be in for an extraordinary experience. The vast amount of designer vintage jewelry that she carries is incredible, the quality of each piece testimony to her unerring taste. Almost every designer imaginable is represented, both vintage and contemporary, the focus being mainly on historical US vintage costume jewelry. Superb and sublimely chic, her shop is an amazing place to browse and play diva…..which in fact is her motto: “let your diva out to play”! Her private collection, amassed over the past 30 years during her annual worldwide travels, with a focus on Elsa Schiaparelli and many other historical names, is simply and utterly stunning.
Private Collection of Maureen Winterhager@ETCETERA