Van Cleef & Arpels’ L’École, School of Jewelry Arts

Van Cleef & Arpels' L'École, School of Jewelry Arts

L’École, School of Jewelry Arts Presents

«Precious Art Deco Objects from the Collection of the Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan»


L’École, School of Jewelry Arts presents for the first time in France, a selection of art objects from a remarkable collection of the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. This exhibition runs from April 4-25, 2018.

The collection, amassed for his wife, the Princess Catherine Aleya Aga Khan, features some incredible masterpieces, attesting to a remarkable innovativeness, imagination, skills and savoir faire.
These precious objects, whose craftsmanship was as important as their function, were specially designed for the first wave of ‘liberated’ women in the 1920s: women who smoked, enjoyed going out, applied make-up in public, and kept track of their numerous social engagements with a watch or a clock.

Cigarette cases, minaudières, nécessaires (vanity cases), powder compacts and other objects in gold, encrusted with precious stones, mother-of-pearl, lacquer or translucent enamel, sometimes embellished with miniatures, were presented for the first time in New York at the Cooper Hewitt Museum to coincide with the Jazz Age exhibition.

The exhibition at L’École, School of Jewelry Arts showcases the multiple Chinese, Japanese, Persian and European influences on these exceptional Art Deco objects.