Imperial Splendours: The art of jewellery since the 18th century

from 11/04/2017 to 02/07/2017
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This exhibition held at the Forbidden City of Beijing, China, is based on the jewellery collection of the House of Chaumet, and presents over 300 pieces including loans from major international collections.

Parure de Malachite by NITOT & FILS. photo © Fondation Napoléon / Patrice Maurin-Berthier Mention Obligatoire

The major creations of the imperial and royal courts, from the Consulate to the Second Empire, are presented, as are the illustrious figures who commissioned them: Napoleon I, who chose the founder of Chaumet, Marie-Etienne Nitot, to magnify his symbols of power; the Empress Josephine, whose immense taste for jewellery is reflected in the ceremonial parures adorned with pearls and diamonds often sourced from the Crown Diamonds; and the Empress Marie-Louise, the instigator of neo-classical jewellery’s golden age. The reign of Napoleon III and Eugenie is a moment of glory for the Maison at the Expositions Universelles where its creativity shines on an international stage and opens the way for expansion.

The Fondatation Napoléon has lent four objects from its collection : a decorative box with a  portrait of Empress Marie-Louise (CONSTANTIN Abraham (1785-1855), BLERZY Etienne-Lucien, NITOT & FILS); a malachite parure (NITOT & FILS); Box in memory of the Marquise of Lawoestine (VACHETTE Adrien-Jean-Maximilien (actif 1779-1839) /ECOLE FRANCAISE); and a tact watch belonging to Jérôme Bonaparte (BREGUET Abraham-Louis (1747-1823)).

More information and virtual visit here.

Wu men Room, Meridian Gate of the Forbidden City, Beijing
No. 4 Jingshanqian Street – Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 – Through the North Side of Tian’anmen Square
Underground transport: Line 1 Tian’anmen East
Opening hours:
From Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
(tickets will be sold until 4:00 pm and last entrance at 4:10 pm)
The museum is closed on Mondays apart from national holidays
Entrance price:
60 RMB (general entrance ticket giving access to the exhibition et to the rest of the Palace Museum)
Online tickets purchasing on (in chinese only)


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