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The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels

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Van Cleef & Arpels is a French jewelry, watch and perfume company that was founded in 1896 by Salomon Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef. They opened their first boutique in 1906 at 22 Place Vendome, Paris. Van Cleef & Arpels are renowned for their expertise in precious stones and have won particular acclaim for many groundbreaking gem-setting procedures as well as many milestones creation that sets the standards for high end jewelries.

Now is a great opportunity for you to view some of their finest creation in New York City covering over 100 years of the company’s creations in jewels, timepieces, extraordinary cigarettes and evening bags.  An exhibition entitled “Set In Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels will be held from February 18, 2011 to June 5, 2011 at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum at Fifth Avenue, NYC.

This is the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized of Van Cleef & Arpels’ masterworks.  It is divided into six themes which resonate through the history of the firm: Innovation, both stylistic and technical; Transformations; Nature as Inspiration; Exoticism; Fashion; and Personalities. This unprecedented assembly of 350 pieces from VC&A’s collection and international private collections, augmented by never-before-seen drawings from VC&A’s design archives and by related objects from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s permanent collection, illustrates the firm’s celebrated history and places its contributions to design in a broader context.

Some abstracts of the exhibits are posted here.  For more details, please click on http://cooperhewitt.org/EXHIBITIONS/.


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