Chaumet Journées Particulières LVMH
Chaumet takes part in the 3rd edition of the Journées Particulières LVMH event, which this year has the theme of "transmission".
For the third time, Chaumet opens its doors to the public for the Journées Particulières LVMH, from May 20 to 22. The event offers the perfect occasion for the craftsmen and collaborators of the Maison to share their love of the jeweller’s trade. This year, Chaumet presents two exhibitions in the Hôtel Baudard de Saint James on 12, place Vendôme; one in its historic salons, the other in the Musée Ephémère.
The importance of transmission…
Transmission of style
Visitors will be welcomed by an arrangement of historic photographs, in a visually graphic black and white composition of alternating original prints on paper and negatives on glass. This body of photographic works, which includes 350 000 documents, of which 33 000 are negatives on glass, was the idea of Joseph Chaumet, a keen promotor of scientific breakthroughs and new techniques. As early as 1885, he employed an in-house photographer, who preserved for eternity each of the jewellery pieces to come out of the workshop.
Transmission of a culture
A selection of works dating from the Romantic period to this day was selected among the Maison’s 55 000 preserved drawings, immersing the viewers into the creative process. A view of these documents, from the books gathering the designs of the Belle Epoque - all drawn by recipients of the prestigious Grand Prix de Rome award - to today’s “moodboards”, allows visitors to understand how the designers’ artistic research fuels inspiration.
Transmission of craftsmanship
After passing through the majestic Grand Salon, classified as a historic monument, the guests discover the jewels. First in the Salon des Diadèmes (the Tiara Room), where historic and contemporary pieces are displayed side by side. Then in the Salon des Perles, where the Maison’s artisans sit at their workbenches and explain the art of jewellery. The craftsmen are the spiritual heirs of Nitot, the founder, perpetuating the highest standards of excellence that have been the Maison’s signature since 1780.
Une Education Sentimentale in the Musée Ephémère
This year, Chaumet invites guests to visit a second exhibition; Une Education Sentimentale (A Sentimental Education), on view in the Musée Ephémère. The scenography offers a sensorial path through the history of sentimental jewellery, from the First Empire to this day. Once again, the importance of transmission is put forward with a harmonious exchange of creations from the past and the present.
Chaumet – 12, place Vendôme – 75001 Paris
Journées Particulières Chaumet: Friday 20th, Saturday 21th and Sunday 22th of May from 10.30 am until 7 pm
Free entrance, reservations recommended: www.lvmh.fr/lesjourneesparticulieres