27 June 2018

The historical part of the gallery des Bijoux in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris has a collection of over 5,000 necklaces, bracelets, brooches and rings. A thousand of them are presented in two rooms of the gallery des Bijoux. A presentation of the historical part in a video with a commentary by the chief curator, Evelyne Possémé.

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris has a collection of over 5,000 necklaces, bracelets, brooches and rings. A thousand of them are presented in two rooms of the...

21 June 2018

JAR at the gallery des Bijoux of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

It’s worth visiting the gallery des Bijoux if only to see the bracelet of American jeweler JAR (the initials of Joël Arthur Rosenthal). His pieces are rarely on view, except at auctions. The enigmatic JAR has no boutique and few clients: he only works for those he considers worthy of his creations. This silver and ruby camellia (1995) is a real masterpiece. JAR mixes materials with scant concern for their intrinsic value and captures the velvety and imperceptible movement of petals like no-one else. His delirious quest for perfection has today made him a paragon for jewelers and designers alike.

It’s worth visiting the gallery des Bijoux if only to see the bracelet of American jeweler JAR (the initials of Joël Arthur Rosenthal). His pieces are rarely on...

20 June 2018

Gérard Sandoz ring acquired by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Thanks to the patronage of the Van Cleef & Arpels School, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has just acquired Gérard Sandoz’s 1928 ring. The latter thus joins the Gallery des Bijoux, in which other Art Deco pieces by Templier, Després and Fouquet are exhibited. As you may be aware, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs collection, with its 4,000 items, was established mainly through donations. The 18th century items come largely from the collection of the goldsmith Boin-Taburet, while the chains are from the chainmaker Auguste Lion. Most of the 19th century pieces were donated by Henri Vever in 1924. More recently JAR, Lorenz Baümer and Gilles Jonemann also donated one of their jewelry pieces.

Thanks to the patronage of the Van Cleef & Arpels School, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has just acquired Gérard Sandoz's 1928 ring. The latter thus joins the...

28 May 2018

The mother-daughter workshop of the MAD x TFJP

The French Jewelry Post is not only a news site: I also organize events, private visits, meetings, and more besides. As part of the partnership with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, TFJP recently held a mother-daughter workshop. After a visit to the gallery des Bijoux to explore the various materials and periods, Romy, Blanche, Salomé, Anaïs, Alice, Manon and others created their own jewelry. Selected highlights.

The French Jewelry Post is not only a news site: I also organize events, private visits, meetings, and more besides. As part of the partnership with the Musée des...

26 May 2018

8 artists’ jewels to buy as a special treat

During the Diane Venet exhibition, the shop at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is presenting six artists’ jewels produced by miniMASTERPIECE, Esther de Beaucé’s gallery. Most of them are by plastic artists, sculptors, etc. listed in the exhibition as Carlos Cruz Diez, Claude Lévêque, Jean-Luc Moulène or Laurent Baude. All are limited editions of 30 copies, even 5, and available starting from 220 euros.

During the Diane Venet exhibition, the shop at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is presenting six artists' jewels produced by miniMASTERPIECE, Esther de Beaucé’s...

23 May 2018

U. A. M. jewelers at the Centre Pompidou

Alongside works by architects, builders and interior designers, the exhibition “U. A. M. : une aventure moderne” features around twenty jewelry items from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. In 1929, designers including Jean Desprès, Jean Fouquet, Gérard Sandoz and Raymond Templier joined the U. A. M. (Union of Modern Artists), eager to move fast, change the world and create something new. A world away from jewelers like Boucheron and Cartier, these inventors of modern jewelry banished all superfluous ornamentation, simplified lines and found stimulation in machines, speed and mechanical pieces like nuts, bolts and ball bearings. To create more affordable pieces, they used cheaper stones like citrine and amethyst, or lacquer. And yet they only really appealed to enthusiasts and an elite that included the Maharajah of Indore. The U. A. M. was dissolved in 1958.

 

« U. A. M., une aventure moderne », 30 May to 27 August 2018 at the Centre Pompidou

To read : « Raymond Templier – Le bijou moderne » by Laurence Mouillefarine and Véronique Ristelhueber,  Norma Editions , 2005.

Alongside works by architects, builders and interior designers, the exhibition "U. A. M. : une aventure moderne" features around twenty jewelry items from the...

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...

16 April 2018

Henri Vever, the Art nouveau jeweler

Though the name of Henri Vever was eclipsed by René Lalique’s, this Paris jeweler played a key role in Art nouveau.

Though the name of Henri Vever was eclipsed by René Lalique's, this Paris jeweler played a key role in Art nouveau.

11 April 2018

Australia, the new Eldorado

Australia – a country that seems very distant to us, with one of the sparsest populations in the world – is a positive Eldorado for jewelers.

Australia – a country that seems very distant to us, with one of the sparsest populations in the world – is a positive Eldorado for jewelers.

29 March 2018

Martin Margiela's jewelry

The Palais Galliera and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs are both organizing exhibitions devoted to Martin Margiela: one on his company, the other on his years at Hermès. The perfect opportunity to discover his jewelry, which is no less design-driven than his clothes.

The Palais Galliera and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs are both organizing exhibitions devoted to Martin Margiela: one on his company, the other on his years at...

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...

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...

08 February 2018

« Diane Venet's ideal collection » at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

From Picasso’s jewels to those of Ai Weiwei, this exhibition featuring Diane Venet’s personal collection, enriched with exceptional loans, shines a spotlight on a more intimate history of art.

From Picasso's jewels to those of Ai Weiwei, this exhibition featuring Diane Venet's personal collection, enriched with exceptional loans, shines a spotlight on a...

07 February 2018

7 reasons to go to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

In fact, I could give you a thousand! But let me just cite a few of my favourite works and rooms, to encourage you to discover the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the museum that’s just mad about objects.

In fact, I could give you a thousand! But let me just cite a few of my favourite works and rooms, to encourage you to discover the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the...
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs - JAR, bracelet in whitened silver, enamel and rubies - 1995 © MAD Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs - JAR, bracelet in whitened silver, enamel and rubies - 1995 © MAD Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Laurent Baude - Ring-pendant in silver threads and colored aluminum wires - miniMASTERPIECE Edition - From €950 © Yann Delacour

  • Didier Courbot - Bangle "Adèle" in gilded silver and large fire enamel - Edition of 5, miniMASTERPIECE €1 900 © Yann Delacour

  • Françoise Pétrovitch - Ring "Dans les mains" in silver - Edition of 10, miniMASTERPIECE €3 500 © Yann Delacour

  • Vera Molnar - Pendant "Au dé" in platinum plated silver - Edition of 30, miniMASTERPIECE / Bernard Chauveau €4 100 © Yann Delacour

  • Jean-Luc Moulène - Ring "OS" in silver steel - Limited edition, miniMASTERPIECE €350 © Yann Delacour

  • David Dubois - Pendant "Couture" in silver - Edition of 30, miniMASTERPIECE - From €990 © Yann Delacour

  • Carlos Cruz Diez - Earrings "Chromo Inauris" acrylic glass and gold silver - Limited edition in collaboration with miniMASTERPIECE € 220 © Lisa Preud’homme, Courtesy Atelier Cruz-Diez

  • Raymond Templier - Cigaret case in silver and lacquer, 1930 © MAD Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Gabriel Guévrékian, villa Noailles' garden - 1926-1928 Picture Thérèse Bonney © Courtesy Bancroft Library, Univ. of California / Raymond Templier, brooch in platinum, onyx, frosted crystal, diamonds - 1929 © MAD Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Raymond Templier - Bracelet in gold, platinum and diamonds, 1937 / Ring in platinum, diamonds, 1937 © MAD Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici Villa E 1027, 1926-1929 © Imbernon éditions, Marseille, 2006

  • Jean Fouquet - Bracelet in gold, platinum, diamonds, amethysts and moonstones - 1937 © MAD Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Robert Delaunay - Manège de cochons, 1922 © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

  • Jean Desprès - Ring in silver, 1930 © MAD Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Roger Parry, photomontage Sans titre - Ca 1929 © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Jean Fouquet, clip in gold, lacquer and diamonds - 1937 © MAD Paris/Jean Tholance

  • Jean Desprès - Necklace in vermeil, ca 1937 © MAD Paris/Jean Tholance

  • To read, the first monographic work dedicated to Raymond Templier by Laurence Mouillefarine - Norma Editions

  • "Figures" by Patrick Mauriès and Evelyne Possémé

  • Eugénie O'Kin au Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Pendentif "Tête de femme" en or et ivoire, 1920/23 © MAD, Paris/Jean Tholance

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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