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Rozet & Fischmeister (Vienna)

Owned by the same family since it was established in 1770, this jewelry store specializes in gold jewelry, gemstones set in artful settings, and both antique and modern versions of silver tableware. If you opt to buy an engagement ring or a bauble for a friend, you'll be following in the footsteps of Franz Joseph I. The staff will even quietly admit that he made several discreet purchases for his legendary mistress, actress Katharina Schratt.

Rozet & Fischmeister chamber is a jeweler in Vienna. The shop is located on the carbon market in the first 11 Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral. Rozet & Fischmeister offers its customers Jewels, Gold and silverware, and restored them as well.

The company was founded in 1770 by Nicholas Rozet, a Huguenot who came from France to Vienna. His son, Ignatius moved into the house "One of the three runners" at the Wiener Graben.
Known is the silver coffee service "Alt Wien", then a gift from the city of Vienna to Archduke Charles on the occasion of his victory over Napoleon and the travel kit by King Ferdinand VII of Spain around 1820. 1836 received the title of Ignaz Franz Rozet k.k. Hofgalanteriewarenhändler from the emperor. Rozet took the gold-and silver fish master Franz Karl (1820-1902) in his business. In addition to the traditional haberdashery and orders were made. The son of Franz Karl Fischmeister, Gustav Fischmeister († 1938), worked with the French artist René Lalique. From France he brought to Vienna with the technique of crystal making buttons.
John Rozet was the third generation after his death in 1872 took over the family Fischmeister complete the company, as have now turned to the noble forest of Brühl Noble Rozet the civil service.
Ignaz Franz Fischmeister (1848-1922) ushered in the rise of the company. For his services he was appointed by the Emperor to the Imperial Council. Rozet & Fischmeister was then k.u.k. Yard-gold, silver and jewel-goods maker, Archduke Eugen and Archduke Peter Ferdinand and supplier since 1913 Chamber of the Emperor.
Rozet & Fischmeister worked with the Vienna Secession and the French artist René Lalique together. In Carlsbad in 1911, a further branch was opened, but had to be closed after the collapse of the monarchy and the introduction of high customs duties on the new frontier 1934th Activity in the carbon market was of Portois & Fix, also a kuk Purveyor, set modeled after the treasury.
During the First World War supported Rozet & Fischmeister the army with large war bonds. After the war the company was faced with ruin, but was able to recover. During the Second World War had the owner Franz Fischmeister Marie (1905-1959) go to war. His Aunt Berta Fischmeister led the business and had wire frames make for the Wehrmacht. Thus, the company was classified as a war effort and was spared from closure.
The clientele today is still the aristocracy, but also industrial and upper middle. [1] The heir to the Klimt paintings Maria Altmann described in the 2006's documentary "The affair Klimt" as her wedding ring from Rozet & Fischmeister came.
Rozet & Fischmeister also produced the seal (Seal) for signing the Austrian State Treaty by Leopold Figl 1955th It was a gift from the company for the country.
Franz Fischmeister died after the war. His Aunt Berta Fischmeister again led the business from 1959 to 1975, then it took her nephew George, who learned his craft at the goldsmith Karl Novy & Sons.

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