“Jewels from the Comédie Française” inaugurate the Van Cleef School’s new building

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You might remember that last July 4, 2023, I announced the imminent inauguration of the new Van Cleef jewelry school premises in Hotel Mercy-Argenteau, at 16 bis boulevard Montmartre. The opening was delayed one year but the exhibition of “Jewels from the Comédie Française” was worth waiting for. It is great fun, impeccably produced and brings us back to the … Read More

Isabelle Langlois is a whimsical jeweler near place Vendôme

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  It was a fun occasion, the cocktail party at Isabelle Langlois‘ jewelry shop next to Place Vendôme. The theme was Peridot, the green semi precious stone, and she was dressed in a perfect combination of purple and spring green. The hors d’oeuvre were all pale green and the drinks were mojitos and champagne with a green touch. We met … Read More

Departement stores are revived at MAD

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“The birth of Department stores” is a new show at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, devoted to the huge social revolution which they represented in 1852, when these “new temples of modernity” emerged under Napoleon III’s Second Empire. 80% of the seven hundred objects and posters exhibitied here belong to the rich collections of MAD. This emergence of popular spending, the … Read More

XVII th century luxury in your pocket! It’s at Musée Cognacq-Jay

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“Luxe de Poche” or luxury in your pocket at the Age of Enlightment,  is a good title for this precious little exhibition at Musée Cognacq-Jay, founded by the creators of the Samaritaine stores… Beautifully curated by Sixtine de Saint Léger and Vincent Bastien  from Versailles, it offers a sociological study of these intimate snuff boxes, smelling bottles or sewing kits, … Read More

Henry Cros is surprising at MAD and the gala was so cheerful!

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It is a small show on sculptor and drawer Henry Cros that MAD has organized in its second floor galleries, but it is worth seeing especially since curator Jean- Luc Olivié, in charge of glass at the museum, has studied this artist’s work since he was a student.  If you have not been to “Fashion and Sport” (until April 7) … Read More

Here and there, all the things you should know about

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It’s always quite impressive and exciting to walk up the stairs of the French Académie to attend a conference in the Grand Salle des Séances. The conversation between Maryvonne de Saint Pulgent and Adrien Goetz, President of the Académie des Beaux Arts (of which she is a correspondent), was open to the public and the topic was the restoration of … Read More