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viernes, 4 de noviembre de 2016

In the Garden of Art. Tucked away in the historic splendor of Paris’s....

In the Garden of Art

Tucked away in the historic splendor of Paris’s 1st arrondissement is a metaphoric garden that has been growing since 1780. Meander into 12 Place Vendôme and you’ll discover the museum and sprawling landscape that is Maison Chaumet.
The renowned jewelry Maison and design studio’s medium is precious stones, the message is artistry, and the palette is drawn from nature. In all its years of prominence, Chaumet has never strayed from its focus on art history and the symbols of the natural world. Its collections are constantly in tune with the artistic movements of its time, fueling the inspiration of the enlightened artists, designers, and jewelers who give life to them.
Chaumet has never strayed from its focus on art history and the symbols of the natural world.
La Nature de Chaumet is the Maison’s latest High Jewelry theme to embody and reinvent that passion. Indeed, the collection’s meticulously crafted representations of plants are more than just pretty — the delicate wildflower designs highlight some of the most emblematic icons of Western civilization’s art and mythology. Wheat, laurel, lily, and oak are the four meaningful motifs chosen to express La Nature de Chaumet and the Maison’s deeply artistic approach to jewelry-making — an approach that has enthralled collectors and enthusiasts for generations.
Many Chaumet fans are artists, writers, collectors, and cultural icons who possess a thorough understanding of the design movements reflected in the jewelry’s natural themes. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Edith Wharton, and Olga Picasso are just a few of the many tastemakers who have chosen Chaumet in their time. The first was Napoleon Bonaparte. The legendary ruler selected Chaumet’s founding artisan, Marie­-Etienne Nitot, to be his official jeweler. Napoleon’s first wife, Empress Joséphine, was transfixed by nature in its wildest forms, especially the freely growing landscapes of English-­style gardens. Nitot was also inspired by flowers, leaves, and grains, which allowed him to serve the empress’s taste while also dazzling the worldly French court with artistic parallels. Inventive construction and representations of flora in a variety of life stages have become Chaumet’s signatures throughout its 236 years of continuous creation.
The Maison’s vision is that of a freely growing garden, where weeds and grasses mingle with the flowers traditionally represented in art. Chaumet’s four historically recurring motifs — wheat, laurel, lily, and oak — reveal the living, timeless, continually reawakened heart of the Maison’s vision.
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