April 19, 2017


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Chaumet is bringing its past full of history to Beijing’s Forbidden City.

The Place Vendôme jeweler, which is closely associated with Napoléon I, just opened an exhibit with more than 300 pieces of jewels, paintings, drawings and objet d’art dating from the end of the 18th century to today to Beijing’s National Palace Museum as part of the “Imperial Splendors” retrospective – on show from April 11 to July 2.

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Chaumet’s Bourbon-Parma tiara, Courtesy Chaumet

The pieces are mostly from Chaumet’s own collections, with many of the pieces rooting from an imperial provenance.

Apart from those pieces from Chaumet’s own archives, a few objects are on loan from the collections of the Musée du Louvre, Château de Fontainebleau and the Victoria and Albert Museum of London.

Chaumet, Octopus necklace with diamonds, jasper, and rubellite (1970). Courtesy of Chaumet

Chaumet, Octopus necklace with diamonds, jasper, and rubellite (1970). Courtesy of Chaumet

The exhibition marks the first time that a Western brand has been allowed to furnish an exhibition in the Chinese capital’s Forbidden City.

“Through a selection of works belonging to the Palace Museum, the exhibition offers an exchange between the Chinese and French jewelry arts, imagined around a mutual culture of excellence, to unveil shared inspirations and reciprocal influences,” a Chaumet spokesperson said in a statement.

 

Photo via chaumet