Located at 12 Place Vendôme, Chaumet will open its doors to the public for the duration of its exhibition in the Baudard de Saint James salons highlighting the role of architecture and the decorative arts as sources of inspiration for jewellery pieces.
Visits by reservation only, from 23rd to 30th March.
Drawing is at the heart of the jewellery-making process, occupying a central place in the jeweller’s art, especially at Chaumet. Less well known than other jewellery techniques, it is not only a preparatory step, but also an artistic act that is essential to the Maison’s identity, and which continues to be the foundation of its modernity. The art of the Chaumet stroke is currently the subject of two initiatives: a partnership with Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts, where many of the Maison’s designers were trained, and two exhibitions in conjunction with the 27th Salon du Dessin, which brings together the world’s most important galleries specialising in this area. It is an opportunity for Chaumet to share its collection of drawings – undoubtedly the finest in the field of jewellery – and to affirm its commitment to artistic education.
The Salon du Dessin, a major international event in the field of graphic arts, offers a panorama of drawing from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. For its 27th edition, Chaumet has been invited to present the exhibition The Art of Drawing at Chaumet: From Imagination to Creation at the Palais Brongniart. To mark the occasion, the Maison will present a second exhibition of jewellery designs in its reception rooms in the Place Vendôme.
At the Palais Brongniart, a selection of 38 diadem designs will be on display, some of which have never been exhibited in public. These drawings illustrate the savoirfaire that has been emblematic of Chaumet since the first commissions made by the Empress Joséphine.
From Wednesday the 21st to Monday the 26 th of March, from 12:00am to 8:00pm; late-night opening until 10:00pm on Thursday the 22nd of March.
Palais Brongniart, place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris
The second exhibition, at 12, Place Vendôme, is dedicated to the theme of architectural motifs in jewellery. In every era, jewellery has drawn from architecture – and more widely from furniture and the decorative arts – as a source of inspiration, engaging with these new territories in order to renew its creative vocabulary.
This selection of drawings from Chaumet’s collection of graphic arts, which spans from the nineteenth century to the 1970s, enters into a dialogue with a selection of works by students of Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts made in the context of a “ call for designs ”, and with contemporary gouaches from the Maison’s design studio. This architectural encounter takes place in Mansart’s Place Vendôme, within the Chaumet historical salons designed by Bélanger in 1777.
Visits in groups of 15 people, from the 24th to the 30th of March.
Chaumet, 12, place Vendôme, 75001 Paris