The Maison’s first great client, Empress Joséphine has inspired Chaumet’s creations for over two centuries, both in grace and character.
Fashion icon, woman of power and passionate lover, the mythical couple she forms with Napoléon will be the starting point of Chaumet’s legend.
Exiled on the continent from Martinique, separated from her first husband, made a prisoner during the French Revolution, a widow, a caring mother, the First Consul’s wife, then Empress of the French, divorcée… Joséphine is a romantic figure.
As the Empress of a new regime whose splendour had to be shown, Joséphine dressed in gold, pearls and precious stones. Her tiaras and ornaments evoke symbols borrowed by Napoléon from Antiquity: laurels, oak leaves… A bouquet of ears of wheat mounted as a tiara refines her appearance at her first official ceremony.