La Maison Chaumet unveils its graphic treasures
At the beginning of this chilly spring, the capital is metamorphosing into a veritable artistic journey dedicated to drawing in all its techniques and practices. Contemporary drawings and the rising stage at the 12th edition of Drawing Now and the 6th edition of DDessin, classical and modernist drawings at the 27th Salon du Dessin, museum circuit in partnership with cultural institutions, the drawing is exhibited for the pleasure of an ever-growing public, welcoming both neophytes and collectors.
The drawing, reflection of the design of each artist and craftsman, also occupies a central place in the art jeweller. Thus, on the occasion of the 27th Salon du dessinwhich will take place from 21 to 26 March 2018 at Palais Brongniartthe House Chaumeta famous Parisian jewellery house, unveils part of its graphic collection, including more than 80,000 in two previously unpublished exhibitions, one at the Brongniart Palace and the other in the private rooms of the Chaumet House, Place Vendôme.
The origins of the House Chaumet rises in 1780 as for Paris the jeweler Marie-Etienne Nitot(1750 -1809) becomes the official jeweller of the Empress Josephinewife of Napoleon I. This refined taste for rare stones and the audacity of the creations permeate the successors of Nitot and thanks to the worldliness at the end of the XIXth centurythe sumptuous jewels are exhibited, crowning Paris as the capital of a unique jeweller’s know-how. The stylistic line is inspired by the decorative arts and nature while following the trends and it is Joseph Chaumet (1852-1928), at the beginning of the Twentieth centurywho is the undisputed master of this art and gives his name to the institution. Tiaras quickly became a specialty of the House Chaumet. Thus, the selection of drawings on display at the Brongniart Palace presents the most beautiful preparatory steps before the realization of these luxurious tiaras. From the Empress Marie-Louise à Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitneyall the excellence of this illustrious house is revealed through these 38drawings. Classic or extravagant, majestic or more aerial, the House has interpreted the head jewel according to the different styles that have crossed the centuries. In these drawings, we notice the finesse of the pen stroke, how the watercolour highlights suggest emerald or sapphire enamels, the use of inks for gradients. A subtle and delicate design, as precious as the jewels that will be born from these sketches, which will delight both the passionate and the curious.
In parallel with this presentation, the House Chaumet proposes to discover in their private rooms dating from the 18th century, a selection of drawings on the theme of architectural motifs in jewellery, always from their graphic art studio. This exhibition will take place from March 23 to 30to 12, Place Vendôme and is accessible only on registration on the website of the Maison Chaumet. On this occasion, the prestigious House will unveil their new partnership with the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, the school from which many of the House Chaumet. The first edition of this partnership consisted of a call for projects from students on the theme of architectural motifs. The selected drawings are also exhibited in the private rooms on the occasion of this exhibition. The students’ achievements thus dialogue with the historical drawings of the 19th century to’70sa bold and modern confrontation, showing the will of the establishment of the 12, Place Vendôme to support arts training. A willingness also inscribed in the help that the jeweler will bring to the renovation of a drawing room of theSchool of Fine Arts.
The will of the House Chaumet to open its graphic heritage to the public was born as soon as september 2015 with the exhibition “Bucolic Walk.”a ephemeral museum set up within the shop itself, Place Vendôme. It was an exhibition of drawings and historical pieces which was free and open to the public until january 2016. Then, a second exposure, “A sentimental education.”a true celebration of love through the goldsmith’s pieces, was held from February 06 to September 24, 2016, still in that ephemeral museum. Thus, these two exhibitions show us how drawing is placed at the heart of the creative chain in Haute Joaillerie. Each pictorial technique, ink, gouache, watercolour, pen, pencil, ink, must render the desired form and brilliance for each creation. They remind us that many plastic and technical steps are necessary before the object shines with all its grace. Through these initiatives, the House Chaumet shows its attachment to share its collection of drawings and to transmit the artistic gesture, founding act of each jewel and which marks the spirit of the House Chaumet.
The art of drawing at Chaumet: Imagine – create
27th Salon du Dessin
From 21 to 26 March 2018
Place de la Bourse
From Wednesday 21 to Monday 26 March from 12pm to 8pm
Thursday, March 22nd from 12pm to 10pm
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The Art of the Treaty
12, Place Vendôme
Free admission, by reservation only here or 01 44 77 77 24 81
Visits by groups of 15 people from 24 to 30 March
Monday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm, except on Thursday, last visit at 5pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm
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