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19 April 2018

To read, "Figures"

After “La Faune” and “La Flore“, “Figures”, a book produced with support from the Ecole des Arts Joailliers, completes the triptych devoted to jewelry by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. In it you will find insect-women by René Lalique, Venus at her toilet, portraits of the Duke of Montebello with his children engraved on seashells, death’s heads and joined hands forming a ring. These human figures have numerous meanings: symbols of love, signs of political affiliation or representations of vanity or devotion, like the Christ carved on the boxwood beads of a rosary. Meanwhile, more recent pieces like the ballerina-clip by Van Cleef & Arpels and the “Mouth” necklace by Claude Lalanne are purely aesthetic. Fascinating stuff.

After "La Faune" and "La Flore", "Figures", a book produced with support from the Ecole des Arts Joailliers, completes the triptych devoted to jewelry by the Musée...

03 April 2018

The mystery of George Sand’s ring

No one had yet identified the stone adorning the ring that George Sand received from her grandmother, who had received it in turn from the Grande Dauphine Marie-Josèphe (mother of Louis XVI). There was talk at first of a bright red ruby and then of a “colourless sapphire”. Thanks to the miniaturization of tools, the experts Delphine Chabert, Gérard Panczer and Geoffray Riondet have finally been able to examine the stone at the Museum of Romantic Life, where it is on display. The mystery has been solved: it is a barely bluish sapphire placed on a silver foil colored red to imitate the intensity of ruby. Nevertheless, this ring described by George Sand in “L’histoire de ma vie” remains extremely precious.

Gemmological results unveiled at the Objet d’art fair, from April 13 to 15, 2018.

No one had yet identified the stone adorning the ring that George Sand received from her grandmother, who had received it in turn from the Grande Dauphine...

28 March 2018

The "Styloïde", newly arrived at the gallery des Bijoux

In perfect osmosis with the human anatomy, the “Styloïde” bracelet by designer Lise Vanrycke (1999) has just entered the gallery des Bijoux collection at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. This link bracelet developed with a watchmaker, over 3 years, bears the name of the small pointed bone located at the side of the wrist it graces. Extensible, and completely body conscious, it harks back to the “Bone” bracelet, molded on the wrist in the 70s by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany&Co.

In perfect osmosis with the human anatomy, the "Styloïde" bracelet by designer Lise Vanrycke (1999) has just entered the gallery des Bijoux collection at the Musée...

21 March 2018

Artists’ jewelry in Dubai 

The impact of the worldwide success of Diane Venet’s exhibition has traveled as far as Dubai. At his gallery, Stéphane Custot is organizing the first sale of artists’ jewelry in the Middle East, including 80 pieces of Ron Arad, Calder, Niki de Saint Phalle, Anish Kapoor, Pablo Reinoso and Herve van der Straeten. Unlike Diane Venet, Custot does not exclude designers, as in his eyes, such ‘borders have disappeared’. Aiming for an ultra-international feel, he has included 4 Oriental artists, Lebanese and Iranians such as Pouran Jinchi. ‘This exhibition-sale should have no problem appealing to its target audience – the younger generation: they love jewelry that makes it easier to access art, another of their passions,’ explains Custot, describing the recent opening at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

“Art & Jewelry” until 2nd June 2018

Scenography & design Vincent Coste Architecte © Pia Torelli

 

The impact of the worldwide success of Diane Venet's exhibition has traveled as far as Dubai. At his gallery, Stéphane Custot is organizing the first sale of...

12 March 2018

The necklaces of Roger Vivier's new artistic director, Gherardo Felloni

Artistic coordinator of Miu Miu accessories since 2014, the Italian designer has now taken over from Bruno Frisoni. He is a keen collector of 18th and 19th century antique jewelry sets, generally unearthed at the Gioielleria Pennisi, in Milan. His particular quirk is that he keeps his rings, earrings and bracelets locked away, but wears the necklaces over masculine sky-blue checked or pinstripe shirts.

Artistic coordinator of Miu Miu accessories since 2014, the Italian designer has now taken over from Bruno Frisoni. He is a keen collector of 18th and 19th century...

01 March 2018

Georges Braque in "Artists' jewelry from Calder to Koons"

The exhibition features five jewelry items by one of the French artists who founded Cubism. In 1961, the octogenarian Georges Braque asked the jeweler- lapidary Heger de Löewenfeld to transform a series of his gouaches based on Greek mythology. “Find the truth in the object; don’t represent it. Prove its existence, but don’t get hung up on similarities,” were his instructions. Two of the pieces on show belong to Diane Venet’s collection, and two others to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which in 1963, at André Malraux’s behest, devoted an exhibition to them called “Bijoux de Braque”.

“Artists’ jewelry from Calder to Koons – Diane Venet’s ideal collection” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, from March 7th until July 8th, 2018

Image : Georges Braque and Heger of Löwenfeld

The exhibition features five jewelry items by one of the French artists who founded Cubism. In 1961, the octogenarian Georges Braque asked the jeweler- lapidary...

26 February 2018

Jeff Koons in "Artists' jewelry from Calder to Koons"

A violent polemic is raging over the installation of “Bouquet of Tulips” between the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Palais de Tokyo. Meanwhile, the show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs includes another Jeff Koons piece that has spawned no objections or petitions: the platinum “Rabbit” pendant made for fashion designer Stella McCartney. Only 7.5 cm high (as opposed to the 12-meter “Bouquet of Tulips”), this piece of jewelry expresses the ultra-kitsch approach of the American artist in a nutshell.

“Artists’ jewelry from Calder to Koons – Diane Venet’s ideal collection” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, from March 7th until July 8th, 2018

Rabbit necklace, 2005-2009 –  Jeff Koons edition for Stella McCartney – Diane Venet’s collection

A violent polemic is raging over the installation of "Bouquet of Tulips" between the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Palais de Tokyo. Meanwhile, the show at the Musée...

19 February 2018

Gouaches by Dael&Grau at La Piscine

The draft drawings exhibited by this northern French jeweler, Dael&Grau, were completed between 1900 and 1960. Discovered in cardboard boxes during a house move, most of them are gouache on tracing paper, Canson paper or rhodoïd paper. “This technique is unique to jewelry, explains Sylvette Botella-Gaudichon, the exhibition curator. Textiles, for example, tend to opt for chalk or colored pencil.” Because of the creamy texture of gouache, lines can be drawn with extreme precision, as these 1:1 scale drawings are used above all to guide the creation of jewelry.

« Gouachés, un art unique et ignoré » until April 1st 2018 at La Piscine, Roubaix

The draft drawings exhibited by this northern French jeweler, Dael&Grau, were completed between 1900 and 1960. Discovered in cardboard boxes during a house move,...

12 February 2018

Lydia Courteille's crystal balls

In each country-inspired collection, the Paris designer comes up with an open ring featuring a head and a rock crystal ball on each end. “An iconic figure looking towards the future,” as Lydia Courteille explains. In this way she creates collections within collections, with a series of historical face-to-faces: Mao and the Chinese emperor; the Hopi Indian chief and the American flag; the Inca Atahualpa and Francisco Pizarro. And now we have the palpitating thought of Suleiman the Magnificent gazing at a naked beauty symbolizing the emancipation of women…

In each country-inspired collection, the Paris designer comes up with an open ring featuring a head and a rock crystal ball on each end. "An iconic figure looking...

01 February 2018

Gouaches of tiaras, Chaumet at the Salon du dessin

In the 1980s, Chaumet became one of the first jewelry houses to showcase its own brand heritage. The brand now boasts an extremely rich collection of jewelry, glass plates, order books, invoices and some 80,000 drawings, covering more than two hundred years of history. Thirty-eight of these, based on its favourite theme – the tiara – will be exhibited at the Salon du dessin. A chance to explore the brand’s prestigious clients and its changing styles from the Empire to the present day.

Salon du dessin from 23rd to 26th March 2018 at the Palais Brongniart, Paris

In the 1980s, Chaumet became one of the first jewelry houses to showcase its own brand heritage. The brand now boasts an extremely rich collection of jewelry, glass...
  • Bracelet at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs -Gold and eggshell cameos featuring the duc of Montebello and his children - Ca 1810 © MAD, Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Alphonse Fouquet at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Châtelaine "Bianca Capello" in gold, enamel on mother-of-pearl, diamonds - Exposition universelle 1878 © MAD, Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Eugénie O'Kim at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Pendant "Tête de femme" in gold and ivory, 1920/23 © MAD, Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Alberto Giacometti at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Bracelet "Visage de chimère" or "Naïade" in gilded bronze, ca 1935 © MAD, Paris/ Jean-Marie del Moral

  • Claude Lalanne at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Necklace "Mouth" in gilded bronze, 1977 © MAD, Paris/Jean-Marie del Moral © ADAGP, Paris 2018

  • Jacomijn van der Donk at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Necklace "Hands" in oxidized silver lace © MAD, Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Vanrycke at the gallery des Bijoux - Pink golden "Styloïde", back and front, 2016 © Sandrine Merle

  • Vanrycke - "Styloïde" in gold and diamonds

  • 'Art & Jewelry', Custot gallery - Scenography & design Vincent Coste Architecte © Pia Torelli

  • 'Art & Jewelry', Custot gallery - Scenography & design Vincent Coste Architecte © Pia Torelli

  • Pablo Reinoso - 'Spaghetti' earrings in gold, 2014 - MiniMasterpiece Editions © Yann Delacour

  • Anish Kapoor - 'Water' pendant in gold and enamel, 2013

  • Bernar Venet - 'Indeterminate Line' ring, 2017 © Yann Delacour

  • Pouran Jinchi -'Alef' cuff bracelet in copper and enamel, 2017

  • Niki de Saint Phalle - 'Assemblage' necklace in gold and enamel, 1974-2015

  • Alexander Calder - Brass necklace, c. 1940 - Courtesy of Louisa Guinness

  • Georges Braque, Heger de Löwenfeld Editions - Ring "Hécate XIII" in gold and agate, 1960-1962 - Collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

  • Georges Braque, Heger de Löwenfeld Editions - Clip "Héra" in gold, sapphires set in platinum - Collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

  • Georges Braque, Heger de Löwenfeld Editions - Clip "Hadès" in gold and diamonds, 1962 - Collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

  • Georges Braque, Heger de Löwenfeld Editions - Clip "Astéria" in gold and diamonds - Collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs Collection

  • Catalog of the exhibition "Bijoux de Braque" at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 1963

  • La Piscine

  • Dael&Grau collection - Sketch for a necklace - Gouache on tracing paper, ca 1950

  • Dael&Grau collection - Sketch for a ring - Gouache and pencil on cardboard, ca 1940

  • "Les gouachés, un art unique et ignoré" at La Piscine

  • Dael&Grau collection - Sketch for a brooch - Gouache on Rhodoïd paper, ca 1920

  • Dael&Grau collection - Sketch for a bracelet - Gouache and pencil on tracing paper, ca 1930

  • Dael&Grau collection - Sketch for a brooch - Gouache and pencil on paper, 1950

  • Dael&Grau collection - Sketch for a transformable brooch in double lapel clips - Gouache on tracing paper, ca 1950

  • Historic shop at Tourcoing, the end of the 19th century

  • Lydia Courteille - "Un automne à Pékin", chinese emperor in gold, yellow amber... and Mao carved in a crystal ball

  • Lydia Courteille - "Rosa del Inca", Atahualpa in pink gold, diamonds ... and Francisco Pizarro carved in a crystal ball

  • Lydia Courteille - Hopi Indian chief in gold, enamel, gemstones... and the American flag carved in a rock crystal ball

  • Lydia Courteille - "Topkapi", Suleiman the Magnificent in gold, diamonds, garnet... and a naked beauty carved in a crystal ball

  • Joseph Chaumet - Studies of tiaras, branch of mistletoe and oak leaf - Graphite pencil, gouache and lavis on cardboard - Ca. 1910

  • Joseph Chaumet - Tiara-egret for Gertrude Vanderbilt - Graphite pencil, Indian ink, ink wash and watercolor - 1908

  • Joseph Chaumet - Ten egret crescent projects - Graphite pencil, lavis and gouache on tracing paper - Ca. 1885

  • Joseph Chaumet - Egyptian-inspired diadem projects - Graphite pencil, gouache on cardboard - Ca. 1915

  • F.-R. Nitot - Headband for Empress Marie-Louise - Ink, traces of black chalk on laid paper - 1811

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