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. Reservations opening soon.
This sheaf of nine stalks of wheat seems to rustle in the wind in an expression of modernity of the French Empire. Empress Joséphine brought the neo-classical tiara back into fashion - emblem of power and sovereignty - prompting a resurgence of the use in jewellery of classical motifs such the sheaf of wheat, a symbol of fertility.
In 1811, Empress Marie-Louise commissioned Nitot to create 150 stalks of wheat to adorn her gown and hair, which would form part of the Crown Jewels. A number of these were
used to produce this tiara. Chaumet made use of the wheat motif on the ethereal tiaras of the Belle Époque and on brooches in the post-war period.