Chaumet’s library welcomes a third box-set of three books published by Assouline. Celebrating the High Jewellery collections and two of the Maison’s founding themes, these works mark an annual invitation to delve into Chaumet’s culture.
Strength and delicacy, balance and movement: the Joséphine collection expresses the Chaumet style, sophisticated and feminine, born of a constantly renewed illustrious history. These Belle Époque drawings, projects for necklaces, pendants, tiaras and aigrette head ornaments created between 1900 and 1915, illustrate Chaumet’s characteristic art of subtle nuance and composition. The geometric motifs inspired by the repertoire of classical architecture embrace the supple swirls and vivacious movements of the instant, as if the jewel had captured the fleeting spray of a sparkling gush of water. This aerial and lofty interpretation is quintessential Chaumet: an apparent alliance of contrasts, a wedding of beauty and strength, refinement and brilliance, to celebrate the exceptional charm and sensitivity of Joséphine, both woman and empress.