Last week I visited an exhibition in Paris called “Engraved stones. Cameos, inlays and rings from the Guy Ladrière collection”. This exhibition is extraordinary itself, but in addition to it, I discovered a fascinating place where the exhibition is hosted: the School of Jewelry Arts of Paris. In a completely unexpected way, I had the chance to visit the School, guided by its President, Mrs. Marie Vallanet-Delhom.
I am sharing with you today this double discovery – of the exhibition and of the place that houses it.
The Guy Ladrière Collection
Guy Ladrière is a Parisian dealer specializing in primitive and medieval arts. He has been collecting ancient jewelry, stones and craftsmanship for decades. Comprising some three hundred items, his collection includes a rich mixture of cameos and intaglios, rings and other jewels.
The time span of the collection ranges from the Ancient Greece to gemstones and rings of the nineteenth century. This exceptional collection is being presented to the public for the first time.
The Exhibition organized by the School of Jewelry Arts is structured by themes, where rings, cameos or intaglios are presented according to a particular period or theme. Guy Ladrière was collecting gems guided by his taste and his passion, which explains the eclectic nature of the objects, but also the high aesthetic value they represent.
The chronology of the collection spans more than 20 centuries but due to our interest for the Ancient history, we will highlight in this post only masterpieces dated to the ancient times. For a broader overview of the Collection, you may check our Flickr album here: Guy Ladrière Collection.
- Roman Imperial Portraits
- Cameos and Intaglios
- Ancient Rings
The School of Jewelry Arts – L’École des Arts Joailliers
L’École des Arts Joailliers (the School of Jewelry Arts), which hosts the Guy Ladrière Collection is located just a few meters from Place Vendôme, in a beautiful 18th century mansion. Dedicated to the transmission of the jewelry arts, the School was created at the initiative of Van Cleef & Arpels.
The School has developed a very original experience-based way of learning about jewelry: it offers the possibility of discovering the jewelry craftsmanship through immersive workshops open to all. Classes are organized around three main themes: the history of jewelry, the world of stones and know-how. These courses can be chosen “à la carte”, and they are open to all requiring no prior knowledge.
I had a unique chance to visit the School guided by its President, Mme Marie Vallanet-Delhom. This wonderful opportunity was offered to me, and I am sharing with you a few insights about the journey of School’ students.
White coats are embroidered with the name of the School of Jewelry Arts. Students put them before they attend the lesson.
Registration for the School’s courses is available on its website. In addition to its presence in Paris, the School has an office in Hong Kong where courses are also offered.
Guy Ladrière exhibition and Address of the School
“Engraved stones. Cameos, inlays and rings from the Guy Ladrière collection”
L’École des Arts Joailliers, 31, rue Danielle-Casanova, 75001 Paris
From May 12 to October 1, 2022.
Source of the Featured picture: Stand with ancient rings. Timetravelrome Album on Flickr.