Drawing in jewellery is in fashion and this is excellent news. After the exhibition at the Piscine de Roubaix, which we wrote about at length, the city of Paris is hosting the 19th Semaine du Dessin at the end of March. For a few days, several Parisian places (galleries, museums, exhibition spaces) offer to discover how drawings are present everywhere in our lives. A perfect opportunity for collectors and neophytes alike to understand its techniques and to confront past works with contemporary art. If I mention this today, it is becausethe 27th Salon du Dessin, which will be held at the Palais Brogniart from 21 to 26 March 2018 (Bourse de Paris in the 2nd arrondissement), will feature an exceptional exhibition of unpublished drawings from the Chaumet archives.
The company, which keeps more than 80,000 works in its Graphic Arts Cabinet, invites you to admire some magnificent examples, some of which were subsequently produced by the jewellers based at Place Vendôme. I suggest you discover some of them and I strongly invite you to visit this exhibition which offers each year a refreshing and different artistic interlude. Enjoy your visit!
Francois-Regnault Nitot (1779-1853), drawing studio. Half drawing of the turquoise and brilliant headband made for Marie-Louise Empress of the French, 1811, 21.2 x 32.5 cm. Pen and black ink, traces of black stone, watercolour highlights on laid paper © Chaumet Collection.
Jean-Baptiste Fossin (1786-1848), drawing workshop. Project for a naturalist ornament, 1830-1850, Pen and brown ink on paper. chaumet collection.
Joseph Chaumet (1852-1926), drawing workshop. Two tiara projects around a set of emeralds. Circa 1910. Pen and black ink, white and coloured gouache, wash and tempera on card. cHAUMET Collection.
Joseph Chaumet (1852-1926), drawing workshop. Two projects for Egyptian-inspired tiaras, circa 1925. Graphite pencil, white gouache and rehauts on cardboard. chaumet Collection.
Joseph Chaumet (1852-1926), drawing studio. Project for a neckband that can be transformed into a bandeau tiara, circa 1905. 15 x 33.9 cm. Graphite pencil, white gouache, wash and highlights on black tinted card. chaumet Collection.
Joseph Chaumet (1852-1926), drawing workshop. Four sketches for a head jewel, circa 1880- 1890. 33.5 x 20.3 cm. Graphite pencil, traces of blur, pen and black ink, grey ink wash, watercolour highlights on cream-coloured paper. chaumet Collection.
Marcel Chaumet (1886-1964), drawing workshop. Project for a tiara for diamonds, baguettes and rounds, circa 1940. Graphite pencil, white gouache and rehauts on cardboard. chaumet Collection.
See you soon!