Choice of kings: Chaumet’s exhibition presents royal jewellery through the ages

Chaumet is currently hosting an exhibition at the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City, Beijing. Imperial Splendours is a stroll down the maison’s rich history that is inherently intertwined with French royalty dating back to the reign of Napoleon.  

Under the guidance of Henri Loyrette, the former director of the Louvre Museum, the exhibition showcases the high jewellery house’s body of work with over 300 historic jewels, objets d’art, paintings, drawings and more.

Some of the items in the exhibition date back to the 18th century and a select few have left France or are on view to the public for the first time.

The exhibition presents iconic pieces like the bracelets of the Empress Marie-Louise, the pearl necklace of the Prince of Bavaria and the coronation sword of Napoleon I.

Chaumet also pays tribute to its master jewellers through the ages.

Prestigious collections and prominent museums have come together to support the event, namely the Musee du Louvre, the Chateau de Fontainebleau and the Victoria and Albert Museum of London

The exhibition also displays a selection of work belonging to the Palace Museum.

The exhibition is taking place at the Wu Men Room, Meridian Gate, Forbidden City, from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30am to 5:00pm, until 2 July.

Tickets can be bought at the venue.

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