A tribute to the incredible structures found in the natural world, the Chaumet Botanical Exhibition celebrates the textures and colors that surround us. Presented by the House of Chaumet, the presentation drew extensively on the brand’s vast heritage as one of the most important houses in the history of European jewellery.
The Magnificent Pieces at Chaumet’s Botanical Exhibition
Moving through periods, movements, and an array of techniques, the central thesis of the collection is the beautiful intersection between art and science. Bringing together unexpected eras and artistic expressions, the exhibit draws on the inspiration that has served the House of Chaumet for 242 years.
Curated by Marc Jeanson, the exhibition was imagined as a herbarium. The path the eye takes lands on luxurious flora and vibrant species present in some of Chaumet’s most iconic creations.
The exhibition offers nearly 400 works to the public for a total immersion into this colorful universe of plant life. In total, the Chaumet Botanical Exhibition features 80 jewellery objects from Chaumet and other houses.
Featured among other beauties is the carnation tiara made for Madame Henri de Wendel for her son’s wedding in 1905. The carnation motif in jewellery is a symbol of passion and true love. Centered among twelve flowers, the tiara takes on a new life.
Also featured at the Chaumet Botanical Exhibition is the fern tiara by René Lalique (1905-1908). The piece’s mixture of material, texture, and preciousness reveals the inspiration of nature. Lalique’s audacity is made obvious in the mixing of horn and diamond, which reveals singularity and realism.
You could discover the “Épis de blé” (ears of wheat) transformed into a tiara named Crèvecœur. This jewel is an excellent example of the finesse of Chaumet’s art. This Belle Époque interpretation of a classic theme was worn on special occasions by generations of Crèvecœur women throughout the 20th century. The attribute of Ceres, goddess of harvest and prosperity, meets the motif of the ear of wheat, which was adopted by the women of the imperial court.
Explore the wonders of French craftsmanship and the transporting power of jewellery this summer at Vegetal – The School of Beauty at Beaux-Arts de Paris, presented by Chaumet.