ROYAL SE­CRETS

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Jewellery -

If you’re in Bei­jing in the next few weeks and able to visit Chaumet’s ex­hi­bi­tion, here are some pieces you shouldn’t miss

Peacock Feather brooch (circa 1870); Chaumet This brooch was very fash­ion­able dur­ing the Se­cond Em­pire. The sap­phire and its bor­der of di­a­monds set en trem­blant give it life “the child with a vase” pin (Qing dy­nasty); Palace mu­seum Orig­i­nat­ing from the royal Qing col­lec­tion, this ac­ces­sory is re­mark­able for its com­plex mo­tif and life­like char­ac­ter

Pearl neck­lace (early 19th cen­tury); Chaumet The neck­lace be­longed to Princess Au­gusteamélie of Bavaria. It was in­her­ited by Em­press Joséphine’s grand­daugh­ter, Queen Joséphine of Swe­den

mon­tre à tact watch (1809); Fon­da­tion Napoléon The ar­row and di­a­monds al­low this watch, which be­longed to Napoléon’s brother Jérôme, to be read in the dark or dis­creetly within its pocket

“ver­tiges” di­a­dem (2017); Chaumet Crafted by Chaumet, the di­a­dem was de­signed by Cen­tral Saint Martins stu­dent Scott Arm­strong, who, in­spired by Chaumet’s tra­di­tion of nat­u­ral­ism, imag­ines a con­tem­po­rary French gar­den

memo­rial box for the mar­quise de la­woes­tine (1789); Fon­da­tion Napoléon The ear­li­est sur­viv­ing ex­am­ple of the work of Chaumet founder Marie-éti­enne Ni­tot

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