Established in 2012 with the support of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, the aim of L’École Van Cleef & Arpels, is to share the jewelry culture to a large and varied audience, both in France and abroad. Through offering an a la carte program of courses, talks and exhibitions, accessible to everyone with no pre-requisites, L’École welcomes the public to learn about the savoir faire of jewelry-making techniques, the world of precious stones, and the art history of jewelry.
Every year, L’École travels to different destinations to meet its students and offer them, in their country, a complete set of courses, talks and exhibitions. Following a first trip in 2017, L’École returns to Dubaï.
After a first exhibition at L’École in Paris in 2018, the Precious Art Deco Objects exhibition comes back to Dubai from March 29 to April 13, 2019. L’École Van Cleef & Arpels presents a selection of art objects from a remarkable collection of the Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan.
The precious boxes that make up that collection were amassed for his wife, the Princess Catherine Aleya Beriketti, and represent incredible masterpieces of inventiveness, creativity, fantasy, skills and technical prowess.
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 enjoyed going out, applied make-up in public, and kept track of their numerous social engagements with a watch or a clock.
Cigarette cases, nécessaires (vanity cases), powder compacts and other precious objects in gold enriched in ornamental or precious stones, adorned with mother-of-pearl, lacquer or translucent enamel, sometimes enhanced with miniatures of Asian or Western inspiration, were presented for the first time in New York at the Cooper Hewitt Museum on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s’.
At L’École Van Cleef & Arpels, they will be exhibited in a scenography highlighting the multiple Chinese, Japanese, Persian and European influences on these exceptional Art Deco objects.
March 29 to April 13, 2019
Hai d3 Dubai Design District
E11 – Dubai
Open daily to the public – Free access
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Come into the beautiful and wonderful worlds of Van Cleef & Arpels and L’École Van Cleef & Arpels.