House Chaumet : “Des(se)in de nature”
#PARIS Since then, since 2015 the Chaumet high-jewellery house installed place Vendôme unveils its exceptional graphic treasures, a collection of more than 60,000 drawings. Several exhibitions have shown visitors that drawing plays a major role in jewellery creation. Each sheet must be precisely defined to ensure proper execution of the jewel
Last year, on the occasion of the 27e Drawing room, was held a magnificent exhibition entitled “Chaumet’s Art of Line: Imagine and Create”. There were about forty tiara drawings presented, since the first commissions of the Empress Josephine up to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. This emblematic know-how is once again highlighted through the exhibition “Des(se)in de nature” which highlights the extremely strong links between the House Chaumet at botany
Botany has formed intrinsic links with Chaumet since the Empress Josephine an emblematic personality of the House, was herself a great botanist. This link has never ceased. Nature is omnipresent, from its wildest state to its most structured. In this exhibition, it is interesting to see that the observation drawings are very faithful, very naturalistic. From the thought to the realization, we follow the preparatory order of the construction of a jewel to the rhythm of a line detailing the ribs, a watercolor specifying a ruby or a line determining a set.
This botanist’s work prints the preparatory drawings and the jewellery production reproduces them faithfully. We might think that the craftsmen of the House Chaumet have been trained as botanists. But they were driven by the context of this 19th century. At that time, the world of nature held an important place, natural history was a science carried very high and this spirit found its place in the decorative arts and jewellers. The craftsmen have been able to transpose nature with their professional eyes.
These direct links between preparatory drawings and the jewellery presented are visible in the nickel silver collection presented during the exhibition. The nickel silver, introduced by Joseph Chaumet at the end of the 19th centurye century, refers to the model of a piece of jewellery and constitutes an essential step in the creative process. These nickel silver springs are true odes to nature. The way in which the vegetable and mineral world feeds the jewellery art is thus visible in the various lines and different ranges of colours where each pictorial technique, gouache and watercolour, ink and pencil, transposes this inspiring diversity
Nature, an inexhaustible source of inspiration, is unique to the culture of the House‘s jewellery Chaumet.
“Des(se)in de nature” is to be seen at the Salon du Dessin, Palais Brongniart, from March 27 to 1er april 2019, then from April 19 to June 15 and from July 24 to September 14, 2019 at 165 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 6e (temporary address during the works on Place Vendôme).
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