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Van Cleef & Arpels: l’art de la haute joaillerie


20 September 2012 to 10 February 2013

Commencing on September 20, 2012 the creative daring of this great jewellery Maison will be brought dazzlingly to light in the Arts Décoratifs Nave with over 400 pieces that have perpetuated the renown of Van Cleef & Arpels since 1906. These prestigious creations will be shown with archive documents and drawings, in an exhibition design by Jouin-Manku. The history of Van Cleef & Arpels is studded with technical inventions passed down by its craftsmen and crafts women from generation to generation. It is this knowledge, kept secret and combined with imagination and very free sources of inspiration that underpins this formidable profusion of forms and models. All the pieces have been researched and dated for this exhibition, so that the chronology of their creation can be precisely retraced for the first time.

Jewellery can crystallise the most intimate and personal emotions and stories, and many are the clients who have developed a veritable passion for Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations. Certain pieces are linked to the destinies of personalities, including queens and princesses: the court of Iran and princesses Fawzia, Soraya and Empress Farah Diba, the Maharani of Baroda, the Duchess of Windsor and Princess Grace of Monaco, to name but a few.

The art of Van Cleef & Arpels has captivated countless stars, including Elizabeth Taylor and Maria Callas, and marked the history of high society from the Roaring Twenties to the Fifties, and from the jet set in the 1970s to the celebrities of our media era. Creative originality, the constant quest for perfection and a taste for technical innovation are the hallmarks of the Van Cleef & Arpels style. The care taken over volumes, reliefs and proportions, and the choice of precious and fine stones and their brilliance, are the keys to the elegance and sophistication of Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery.

Van Cleef & Arpels’ L’Art de la Haute Joaillerie exhibition will be held at the Arts Décoratifs from September 20, 2012 to February 10, 2013.