After literature and nature, Maison Chaumet unveils a fresh facet of its jewellery culture with
a new exhibition. Through a series of photographs by Julia Hetta, Autrement explores the art of appropriating jewels by wearing them according to the whims of fashions and fantasy, with daring and creativity.
The visit lasts 45 minutes with reservation required to visit. Reserve using the module below.
Self-guided visit. Art appreciation representatives will be present for consultation.
From the Italian Renaissance to the fashion statements of today, jewellery lends itself to inventive adaptability. Freed from its primary function, it graces the body, clothes or hair, becoming a precious accessory of a new kind. Cultivating its Parisian spirit since 1780, constantly reinventing itself through fashion and the arts, over the course of its history Maison Chaumet has created jewels intended to be worn differently. Witness the Maison’s archival drawings and photographs in which the jewels astonish and perplex.
Among the Chaumet archival elements and jewels of yesterday and today a parallel is created. The works of the great masters are digitalised, while photographs by Julia Hetta are presented inside 25 historical frames dating from the 15th to 19th century and loaned by Maison Lebrun. Jeux de Liens sautoirs become headbands, High Jewellery bracelets are worn more on the arms than on the wrists, Mancini earrings appear as precious hair pins.
Autrement is the latest exhibition organised at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, the Maison’s temporary address and place where it has been sharing its history before its historic boutique and workshops at Place Vendôme reopen in January 2020. Throughout 2019 this private mansion in the heart of the iconic quarter of the Left Bank has been the backdrop to various exhibitions and events showcasing the connection between Chaumet’s heritage and the Arts.