Chaumet, established in 1780, is one of the crown jewels of Place Vendôme, the first fine jeweler on the square, and today Chaumet continues its legacy of fine technical craftsmanship and innovative, sophisticated design with ever more inspired high jewelry collections. Following the release in 2016 of a first slipcase set of Mémoire volumes, on Place Vendôme, Tiaras, and Naturalism, Assouline introduces a second set on the themes of Photography, the Arts, and Fetes, seen through the lens of more than two centuries of history and the evolution of Chaumet’s artistic creations.
An Artistic Heart (by Jérôme Neutres)
A high jewelry atelier is a veritable orchestra of virtuoso artists creating a symphony of harmonious jewels. Composed and conducted by exceptional painters, designers, and sculptors, Chaumet’s style has evolved in synergy with the major artistic movements. Collected by the greatest connoisseurs, the house’s creations are poetic works of art, culture, sculpture, and light.
A Discerning Eye (by Gabriel Bauret)
Keeping a meticulous visual record of its fine jewelry creations, Chaumet pioneered the use of photography by establishing an in‐house photographic studio in 1890, to immortalize each jewel, to document the life of the maison, and to conduct scientific studies of gemstones. Lifting the veil from this unprecedented treasure offers a panorama of the development of photographic techniques, creating a dialogue between the late nineteenth century and modern photographers such as still life master Guido Mocafico, whose photographs produced especially for this book are the result of focusing his gaze on Chaumet’s photographic archives.
- 80 each pages
- English language
- Released in 2017
- W 6 x L 8.5 in x D 1.96 in
- ISBN: 9781614286233
About the Author:
Antoine de Baecque is a historian specializing in the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and a film critic specializing in the French New Wave and contemporary theater. He served as editor in chief of Cahiers du cinema magazine and cultural editor of Libération newspaper, and he has penned numerous books and essays, including biographies on François Truffaud, Jean-Luc Godard, and Eric Rohmer. Professor of film history at the École Normale Supérieure in Ulm, he also reviews history books for Le Monde des livres, and serves on the editorial board of the magazine L’Histoire.
Author of several books on photography and prefaces of numerous monographs, Gabriel Bauret is a former editor of Zoom, Camera International, and Photographies magazines. As an independent curator, he organizes exhibitions in France, including events for the Mois de la Photo in Paris, and abroad, and he collaborates with the Prix de Photographie of the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation. Since 2015, he has been commissioner general of the biennale of photographers of the Arab world organized by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.
Author of numerous essays on art and literature, Jérôme Neutres is director of development of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux–Grand Palais, an establishment under the French Ministry of Culture, and president of the Museum of Luxembourg in Paris. As an art curator, he has organized more than twenty retrospective exhibitions including Helmut Newton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bill Viola, and Nobuyoshi Araki, among many others.
Chaumet Est Une Fête (by Antoine de Baecque)
The high jewelry collection Chaumet Est Une Fête pays homage to legendary festive occasions illuminated by the brilliance of diamonds, capturing the musicality and magic of each era of the maison’s history. From the imperial banquets of the 1800s to the lavish Surrealist costume balls of the early twentieth century to late nights at today’s fashionable clubs, this is a sparkling voyage through the metamorphosis of the culture and customs of grand fetes, and the jeweled adornments that accompany them.