Thursday, April 05, 2018

Objets Precieux Art Deco, l'Ecole des Arts Joailliers, Van Cleef Arpels

Another fabulous exhibit at l'ECOLE DES JOAILLIERS on 31, rue Danielle Casanova 75001
Run, don't walk to see OBJECTS PRECIOUS ART DECO on until the 25th of April, an incredible display of small masterpieces of inventiveness, creativity, fantasy, skills and technical prowess. 
50 Art Deco boxes from a collection of over 100 collected by the Prince Saddrudin Aga Kahn for his wife, Princesse Catherine.
Compacts, cigarette cases, vanity cases (necessaire), many encrusted with diamonds and other rare gems.
Covered in fine translucent enamel, mother-of-pearl, lacquer from Paris' best ateliers of great jewelers of the 1920s and 1930s.
'Chaque instant est bonheur a qui est capable de la voir comme tel"
'Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such" Henry Miller
After WWI women gained their independence. They drove cars, smoked in public, wore shorter skirts, cut their hair, drank cocktails and worked.
Elegant upper class women were now allowed to wear makeup. Smoking was no longer the exclusive preserve of men.
As a result beauty cases and cigarette holders made their appearance.
Their flat surfaces offered the ideal support for art deco-style decoration.
This style, which flourished during the interwar period was characterised by stylization and abstraction of motifs a taste for geometric motifs. Reproduced maquettes of the gouache designs line the exhibit walls.
Other sources of inspiration included French 18th century techniques, Russian Fabergé styles, Japonism, Italian Renaissance and Persian motifs.

A simply divine exhibit with an equally divine colored catalog. Don't miss it if you're in Paris through April 25th
We had jewel-like gouté to revive us after so much eye candy :)
Well it seems we still have to kick up our heels for independence and equal pay girls doesn't it... Thank you for reading Parisbreakfast. If you enjoyed this post, forward to a friend. You can receive a monthly Paris letter or map in your mailbox and French souvenirs at ETSY.
xxxCarolg et Bear 🐻


  1. Exquisite works of fine art..:) Love it all..your rendition is beautiul!

  2. Bonnie in CA11:09 AM


  3. I LOVE little boxes so this was a delightful way to start my day. That food looks really good also.

    1. Perfect little snacks for a perfect exhibit !

  4. Anonymous7:19 PM

    Thank you for posting this. As you know, I'm an artist and designer working in the Art Deco style. These are exquisite designs and I'd give anything to be able to see it in person. All the best things happen in Paris! Cheers, Stephan

    1. The best things DO happen in Paris. And there are so many of hem its hard to keep up!!
      Must run, run, run
      You wou,d love this exhibit Stephan ❤️

  5. MJ Rose10:08 PM

    I am an art deco freak and been salivating about the VCA show.

  6. Robert L10:31 PM

    Wow, you certainly live the high life, Carol! Love hearing of your adventures...past & present.

  7. What a great exhibition, however I love your paintings the best! They do look like rather tasty treats to finish with, you’ll need them to keep you running to exhibitions. We are still working for independence and equal pay but I think with a bit less smoking ;)

    1. I wish French women would figure out smoking is not the best thing, especially for their skin. But then the huge facial cream business would be in trouble, not to mention those + 7 extra pounds added to their slim figures. Many French roll their own like some of these extravagant boxes provided.
      Go figure

  8. Lou Lou11:00 PM

    Love, love your inclusion of the 20s flapper drawings. Really brings these bits of perfection to life and out of their museum setting. Only for the ultrariche I suppose..

  9. What a lovely tour, Ms. Carol! As always!
    And your exquisite and precise...
    In the Spanish language we use the word "neceser" for our toiletries kit...
    Thank you so much,


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