Book Reviews: Chaumet, Parisian Jeweler Since 1780
A symbol of Parisian elegance since its inception in 1780, Chaumet’s opulent jewels, romantic tiaras and intricate sautoirs not only graced the mighty pate – and décolletage – of royals but shaped the exclusive craft of joaillerie (and French history). Once Napoleon I’s appointed bijoutier, the Maison was tasked with designing the regalia for the Emperor’s coronation, and subsequently keeping his successive wives’ cabinets well stocked with the most lavish fineries in the land.
Hailing centuries of savoir-faire, this eye-catching monograph offers a unique insight into the prestigious house’s artistic sensitivity through a carefully-curated selection of its most iconic and extravagant museum pieces. From Italian Renaissance decadence and classic Empire to exuberant Art Deco bijoux with a segue into avant garde, the alluring creations run the gamut of trends, eras and gemstones – but bear Chaumet’s unmistakable cachet.
Chaumet, Parisian Jeweler Since 1780, edited by Henri Loyrette, list price £80, published by Flammarion
From France Today magazine
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