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Van Cleef & Arpels presents the exhibition “When Elegance Meets Art” at the Today Art Museum in Beijing, from April 21 to August 5, 2018. Displayed chronologically, over 360 High Jewelry creations and precious objects were carefully selected to reflect the evolution of the Van Cleef & Arpels style.

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Roses vanity case1926Gold, jade, enamel, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, yellow diamonds
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

In the 1920s, vanity cases were among the indispensable accessories of elegant ladies as they could house various objects such as a mirror, a powder case, a lipstick and a dance card. Characteristic of the Maison’s Art Deco period, the Roses vanity case is made of mauve jade and set with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires.

Collaret1929Platinum, emeralds, diamonds
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

Created in 1929, the Art Deco collaret is remarkable for its ten pear-shaped emeralds of extraordinary quality (165 carats in total) and its diamonds of multiple cuts and shapes. Purchased in 1937 for HRH Princess Faiza of Egypt, it is a typical “Court jewel” that she used to love wearing for special occasions.

Peony clip1937Platinum, gold, rubies, Mystery Set rubies, diamonds
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

One of the highlights of Van Cleef & Arpels’ artistry in the 1930s, the Peony clip is set with baguette-cut and round diamonds, and 640 square Burmese rubies in Mystery Set. This setting technique is an authentic signature of the Maison since it was patented in 1933. Originally created as a double clip,
it once belonged to HRH Princess Faiza of Egypt.

One of the highlights of Van Cleef & Arpels’ artistry in the 1930s, the Peony clip is set with baguette-cut and round diamonds, and 640 square Burmese rubies in Mystery Set. This setting technique is an authentic signature of the Maison since it was patented in 1933. Originally created as a double clip, it once belonged to HRH Princess Faiza of Egypt.

One of the highlights of Van Cleef & Arpels’ artistry in the 1930s, the Peony clip is set with baguette-cut and round diamonds, and 640 square Burmese rubies in Mystery Set. This setting technique is an authentic signature of the Maison since it was patented in 1933. Originally created as a double clip, it once belonged to HRH Princess Faiza of Egypt.

Collaret1939Platinum, diamonds
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

Once in the collection of Queen Nazli of Egypt, the necklace was ordered for the wedding of her daughter Fawzia with Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Crown Prince of Iran, on March 16th 1939. It displays impressive lines of 673 baguette-cut and round diamonds weighing a total of 204.03 carats. These rivers, framed by two ribbon motifs, converge towards a large central diamond weighing some 6 carats.

Sequins clip1948Platinum, yellow gold, diamonds
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

This 1948 clip gives pride of the place to the “sequins” motif, which appeared for the first time on a Van Cleef & Arpels necklace in 1936. The piece's flexible lines and volume are enhanced by the sparkle of the sequins, gathered in a precious cluster.

Zip necklace1951Yellow gold, platinum, diamonds
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

One of Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic creations, the Zip necklace is a masterpiece of ingenuity. Its origins go back to the late 1930s, when the Duchess of Windsor suggested a jewel inspired by the zip fastener to Renée Puissant, the Maison’s Artistic Director. This jewel can be worn open as a necklace and closed as a bracelet, when the tassel fringe at its center is slid upwards.

Sequined dancer clip1953Gold, diamonds, rubies
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

In 1940, Van Cleef & Arpels' American workshops in New York created the first Ballerina clips, followed in 1942 by the workshops in Paris. The gracious posture of the dancer on this 1953 clip is highlighted by her precious tutu, adorned with gold sequins set with rubies.

Mystère IV necklace1956Gold, platinum, diamonds
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

In 1956, French aircraft manufacturer Marcel Dassault offered this gold and diamond necklace to Jacqueline Auriol, France’s first woman test pilot. Inspired by the jersey knit, its thin and flexible mesh symbolizes the Mystère IV aircraft course, while the graduating diamonds evoke the trail of ice crystals formed in the sky.

Five leaves clip1967Platinum, rubies, diamonds
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

A fashion and jewelry lover, Maria Callas was a discerning collector of Van Cleef & Arpels pieces. One of her special orders, this five leaves platinum brooch is set with diamonds and six Burmese oval rubies weighing a total of 15.77 carats.

Dragon clip1969Yellow gold, coral, emeralds
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

Since its foundation, Van Cleef & Arpels was a forerunner in the creation of "à l’Oriental" jewelry. The Dragon clip created in 1969 pays homage to the mythical creature and refers to the iconography of the dragon and the pearl. The yellow gold piece portrays its long, scaled body, enhanced by cabochon-cut emerald eyes and a coral carved ball.

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

 

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Musée des Arts Décoratifs

A unique, independent institution in the heart of Paris

Les Arts Décoratifs, now the MAD, was created in Paris over 150 years ago by collectors, industrialists and craftsmen concerned with the quality and design of everyday objects.

Housed in the Marsan wing of the Louvre on the rue de Rivoli, between the Tuileries Gardens and the Palais Royal, the MAD is a national showcase for the genius of artists and craftsmen.

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs has one of the largest collections of decorative art in the world. It provides a unique panorama of the history of furniture, glass, ceramics, precious metalwork, jewellery, textiles, fashion, graphic design and advertising, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Displays of objects in ‘period rooms’, one of the museum’s features, give visitors an authentic insight into the daily life, fashions and customs of past centuries.

One of the MAD jewels is the Musée Nissim de Camondo, a sumptuous mansion on the edge of the Parc Monceau entirely devoted to 18th-century art.

The MAD manages a set of museums but also a school, the Ecole Camondo, which trains interior architects and designers, a library with more than 160,000 volumes on the decorative arts, graphic design, architecture, art history, garden design, costume, fashion and textiles, and the Ateliers du Carrousel, which runs artistic workshops and activities for children, adolescents and adults.

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To ensure the museum fulfills its role as a place of learning and wonder, the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs – MAD – organizes workshops especially crafted for younger visitors. In collaboration with the Today Art Museum and Van Cleef & Arpels, these children’s workshops are designed by the MAD Educational Department, operating on a first-ever itinerant basis.


* Children's workshop reservation,please call 400-823-6878

From April 28th, two dual-workshop sessions were available every other Saturday and Sunday. After a one-hour visit, children attending the workshops will be led by trained bilingual exhibition guides to the workshops “My Flower Jewel”( for children age 4-6 ) and “Jewels and Couture”( for children age 7-10 ) which are supported by Atelier and Little Oasis. They invite children to use their imagination and creativity through a diverse selection of handicraft materials to realise their very own artistic creation.

Children's workshop reservation, please call 400-823-6878
* Only material fee is charged for each course at minimum RMB  200 per person.
Workshop Sessions Saturday Sunday
for children 4-6 in age 'My Flower Jewel' 10:00-12:00 10:00-12:00
13:00–15:00
for children 7-10 in age 'Jewels and Couture' 13:00-15:00
14:30-16:30
14:30-16:30
Workshop Sessions Saturday
for children 4-6 in age
'My Flower Jewel'
10:00-12:00
for children 7-10 in age
'Jewels and Couture'
13:00-15:00
14:30-16:30
Workshop Sessions Sunday
for children 4-6 in age
'My Flower Jewel'
10:00-12:00
13:00–15:00
for children 7-10 in age
'Jewels and Couture'
14:30-16:30
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Enterprise users can send mail to tickets@muchcomm.com to order group tickets.
The minimum order is 100 tickets. Please leave your name, phone number and business information.
The ticket will be delivered to you after verification.
Enterprise users who use paper tickets can directly enter the exhibition.

Enterprise users can send mail to tickets@muchcomm.com
to order group tickets.
The minimum order is 100 tickets.
Please leave your name, phone number and business information.
The ticket will be delivered to you
after verification.
Enterprise users who use paper tickets can directly enter the exhibition.

Opening Hours

21st April to 5th August, 2018Closed on Mondays,except holidaysSun to Thurs, 10:00-18:00Fri to Sat, 10:00-21:00

21st April to 5th August, 2018Closed on Mondaysexcept holidaysSun to Thurs, 10:00-18:00Fri to Sat, 10:00-21:00

Location

Today Art Museum, 2nd floor, No.1, Building 4, Pingod Community, No.32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

EXHIBITION FOCUS

2018

BEIJING

The quest for excellence and a taste for technical innovation are the hallmarks of Van Cleef & Arpels’ identity. From High Jewelry to Watchmaking, the Maison's attention to volume and detail, choice of stones and enduring sources of inspiration have forged an instantly recognizable style.

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