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Treasuring the written word

The Brillantes Écritures exhibition illuminates Chaumet's literary past.

Diadème fleurs de pensée Foss invers 1850 0r, argent et diamants H.7; L. 18 cm
From Honoré de Balzac to Alexandre Dumas, Edith Wharton to Edmond Rostand, Alfred de Musset, Théophile Gautier, Prosper Mérimée, Colette, Karen Blixen, Louise de Vilmorin, Marie-Laure de Noailles, Countess Greffulhe and Olga Picasso – Chaumet’s has an fascinating history of attracting literary figures and playing a special role in the French cultural imaginary.
Bracelet Camées, 1955, Marie-Laure d Noailles
Chaumet’s upcoming exhibition – the first in a series of three exhibitions open to the public- is Brillantes Écritures. On show to the public from February 22 to April 1, at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain it will explore Chaumet’s relationships with literary personalities.
Parure d’intailles de l’impératrice Joséphine François-Regnault Nitot (1779-1853), vers 1805 ou 1809 ?, Or, argent, agate nicolo et perles fines, dimension: Collier t. de cou 13 cm / Broche L. 5,5 cm; H 3 cm / BO H 4,5; L 2 cm, collection Chaumet, Paris
The Brillantes Écritures exhibition retraces this history through the interaction of written works, historical jewels and archival documents. It tell the story of the Maison’s connections with writer clients, personalities from the world of letters and authors citing it in their work – ‘ Fossin is a king, he is a power ‘, Balzac wrote of the virtuoso jeweler who directed the Maison in his time. These characters invite you to (re)discover a wealth of chapters in the Chaumet story, from historical accounts to society chronicles and romantic novels.

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