Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Tokyo is hosting an exhibition dedicated to luxury jewellery house Chaumet. The Worlds of Chaumet opens on 28 June and features 300 jewellery creations, objets d’art, paintings and drawings. It takes viewers on a journey through five different sections that explore the Parisian maison’s links with history and art.
Each section focuses on a theme that highlights different facets the jewellery house’s important cultural role throughout its 238-year history. The Art of the Tiara space examines how tiaras have evolved through time, with 20 or so tiaras and 300 nickel-silver models on show. The Sovereigns’ Choice section presents some of the commissions by France’s imperial leaders, such as the jewellery suite that Napoléon I gave his second wife, Marie-Louise, on their wedding. It also displays pieces that have been inspired by these majestic designs. Chaumet celebrates jewellery’s symbolic connection to love in the section entitled the Jeweller of Sentiment. The fourth theme, Natural Histories, focuses on Chaumet’s longstanding tradition of incorporating fauna and flora motifs in its ingenious settings and designs.
Last but not least, the final section is fittingly called Chaumet and Japan, and is a celebration of Chaumet’s special relationship with the country. Japanese-inspired pieces from the mid-19th century to today sit alongside drawings that were executed by the Chaumet design studio in the 1920s. Look out for the high jewellery set that has been created especially for the exhibition. The gouache necklace plays on contrasts and brings together references to Western and Japanese culture; its geometric design is interwoven with naturalistic elements in a stunning combination of rubies, rhodolite garnets, black onyx and diamonds.
The Worlds of Chaumet at the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, runs from 28 June to 17 September 2018
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, +81 (0)3 5777 8600