Second Empire : between extravagance and splendor

Echoing the " Spectacular Second Empire " exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay, we propose to live again an era of great changes, both in the society and the artistic creation. Splendid and castigated, the reign of Napoleon III was nevertheless a prosperous age for luxury industries, particularly for jewelry.

Paul Paradis
Art Historianspecialist in French decorative arts 
and professor at L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels 


Gislain Aucremanne 
Art Historian, graduate from the Ecole du Louvre 
and professor at L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels