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Watches Jewellery L’ÉCOLE’s Latest Exhibition Draws From 3,000 Years of Glittering Golden History

L’ÉCOLE’s Latest Exhibition Draws From 3,000 Years of Glittering Golden History

L’ÉCOLE’s Latest Exhibition Draws From 3,000 Years of Glittering Golden History
Photo: Courtesy of L’ÉCOLE
By Tatler Hong Kong
March 29, 2021
Tatler+ L’ÉCOLE
All that glitters at an upcoming exhibit will be gold, as Van Cleef & Arpels’ jewellery institution L’ÉCOLE launches a retrospective of exceptional Chinese jewellery

The Art of Gold, 3000 Years of Chinese Treasures exhibition is curated by leading jewellery experts from L’ÉCOLE School of Jewelry Arts. Over 50 ancient masterpieces selected from the rare Mengdiexuan Collection are on display, exploring evolving techniques over three millennia used from central China to the Himalayas.

With meticulously crafted necklaces, hairpins, bracelets, brooches, belt plaques and more on show, The Art of Gold, 3000 Years of Chinese Treasures aims to educate and celebrate China’s rich tradition of jewellery making.

See also: 10 Things You Need to Know About L'Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels

Photo: Courtesy of L’ÉCOLE
Photo: Courtesy of L’ÉCOLE
Photo: Courtesy of L’ÉCOLE
Photo: Courtesy of L’ÉCOLE
Photo: Courtesy of L’ÉCOLE
 

Nature motifs abound throughout the collection, with a pair of Liao Dynasty bracelets displaying birds flying through a floral sky alongside a Ming Dynasty Cicada gold ornament complete with a tourmaline abdomen.

Of course, no Chinese jewellery collection is complete without creatures of legend raising their golden heads. Standouts include a Qing Dynasty gold ring cast with dragons, as well as a perfect pair of Liao Dynasty phoenix-shaped earrings.

The Art of Gold, 3000 Years of Chinese Treasures is open to the public until August 29 and is hosted at L’ÉCOLE’s home at K11 Musea. Free guided tours are available in Cantonese, English and Mandarin upon registration. Two dedicated classes led by a gemologist and a jeweller, respectively, are offered as part of the 'Beyond the Exhibition' experience. Delving deeper into the art forms, the experiences highlight everything from the extraordinary properties of gold to the intricate techniques behind the delicate, ancient Chinese masterpieces.

Photo: Courtesy of L’ÉCOLE
Photo: Courtesy of L’ÉCOLE

While the exhibition is free to any jewellery enthusiast, guests must register for a viewing slot online ahead of time due to social distancing restrictions.

Budding jewellers can also register for one of L’ÉCOLE’s masterclasses, which include an hour-long guided tour of the exhibit. Those with a passion for art history will find Around the World in Jewelry or Gold and Jewelry, from Antiquity to the Renaissance Princes illuminating, while others keen on creating their own pieces can turn to L’ÉCOLE’s Beyond the Exhibition lectures for a practical demonstration.

The exhibition kicks off L’ÉCOLE’s luxury Savoir-Faire series, which celebrates jewellery craftsmanship at the highest level through curated exhibits throughout the year. It comes as little surprise that L’ÉCOLE turned to the privately-owned Mengdiexuan collection for its inaugural event, as leading art collectors Betty Lo and Kenneth Chu have spent decades building their vast trove and loaning pieces to museums internationally.

See also: 5 Tips For Building an Antique Jewellery Collection

Collector Betty Lo. Photo: Courtesy of L’ÉCOLE
Collector Betty Lo. Photo: Courtesy of L’ÉCOLE

Élise Gonnet-Pon, Managing Director of L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific, School of Jewelry Arts, said, “Both Mengdiexuan and L’ÉCOLE share the vision that academic research is the foundation of art collecting.”

She continued, “By understanding the cultural and historical context, one is able to have a more meaningful appreciation of the legacy of jewellery-making until present times and of the exceptional beauty of the creations.”

Learn more about The Art of Gold, 3000 Years of Chinese Treasures exhibition here

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