Launched in 2016, the Chaumet library added a third box set in 2018, published by Assouline. The three books in this latest addition to the collection are an invitation to explore the Chaumet’s extraordinary culture. The first, entitled Figures of Style, celebrates women of character who have long been faithful customers of the high jewelry house. The second volume, Les Mondes de Chaumet, spotlights Chaumet’s cosmopolitan vision through documents from its archives. And Crown Jewels, the third tome, recounts the close ties the Maison has had with reigning families across Europe and the world.
For over two centuries, the art of jewelry by Chaumet has been part of the lives of Western women, reflecting their emancipation. In Figures of Style, the first volume in the new Chaumet box set, art historian Julie Verlaine recounts the perfect match between the Maison’s jewelry virtuosity and the refined tastes of exceptional women who marked their times.
Written by journalist, historian and art critic Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter, Les Mondes de Chaumet proposes a unique look at faraway places that have provided an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the Maison since its founding, from remote corners of Asia to the vast expanses of Russia and Africa. Chaumet has always sought to expand its horizons, engaging with distant cultures to continually reinvent itself.
In Crown Jewels, Sophie Motsch, associate curator for the 17th and 18th century collections at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, examines the close ties that Chaumet has enjoyed with reigning families across Europe and the world. Readers discover the history of majestic adornments commissioned from Maison Chaumet that have been handed down from generation to generation or are still worn today for official occasions or displayed in the world’s great museums.
This third Chaumet box set published by Assouline in its Mémoire collection is available worldwide and on www.assouline.com.