Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau

A New Location for L’ÉCOLE in Paris

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L'ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts 
Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau
16 bis boulevard Montmartre, 75009 Paris

 

L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts will open doors to the world of jewelry in Paris!

Spurred by public enthusiasm, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts is widening its scope with a new location in an eighteenth-century mansion on Paris’s Grands Boulevards. Registered as a historic monument, the site will include a large exhibition space and a one-of-a-kind bookstore entirely dedicated to the world of jewelry.

L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts was founded over ten years ago with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels in the aim of sharing the culture of jewelry both in France and around the globe. Beyond its two sites in Paris, L’ÉCOLE is present in many cities, including New York and Tokyo—where it organizes weeks-long itinerant sessions—and Hong Kong, where it has a permanent campus. Two new campuses are set to open in Shanghai and Dubai. L’ÉCOLE offers courses, conferences, children’s workshops, and publications exploring jewelry, its history and savoir-faire, and gemology.

Organized in collaboration with museums and private collectors, temporary exhibitions target the widest audience possible—specialists and novices alike—which is why entrance to these events and their visitor’s guides remain free of charge.  

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L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau
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L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts – Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau

L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts – Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau

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L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau
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L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts – Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau

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Photo Benjamin Chelly

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L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau
Photo Benjamin Chelly

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L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts – L'Escarboucle

L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts – L'Escarboucle

Nicolas Bos, President and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels

What made you choose the Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau?

 

Its façade is so discreet that it creates an element of surprise. Who would expect to find such a beautiful setting upon crossing the threshold of its porte-cochère? The Boulevard Montmartre address feels more accessible than our Place Vendôme location. And the surrounding neighborhood, while popular, has strong ties with culture and art, thanks to its covered passageways, its theaters, the Hôtel Drouot, and the Musée Grévin. I like the combination of the two. This part of Paris is also associated with jewelry, for jewelry makers and stone merchants are not far away.

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Crown worn by Mlle Raucourt in Rodogune by Pierre Corneille, 1871
Gilded copper alloy, blown pearls, leaded glass, textiles
Photo: L'École Van Cleef & Arpels - Benjamin Chelly

© Coll. Comédie-Française
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Rachel's diadem in Phèdre with colored stones, 1843. Photo : L’École Van Cleef & Arpels – Benjamin Chelly

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Brooch once owned by Sarah Bernhardt / René Lalique, 1896
Gold, emeralds, enamel
Photo : L'École Van Cleef & Arpels - Benjamin Chelly

© Coll. Comédie-Française
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Laurel wreath in gilded bronze by Rachel, 19th century. Photo : L’École Van Cleef & Arpels – Benjamin Chelly

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Athalie, pectoral by Mounet-Sully, 1909. Gilded copper alloy, textile, faceted glass cabochons on paillons
Photo : L'École Van Cleef & Arpels - Benjamin Chelly

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Rachel's diadem in Phèdre with pearls and cameos, 1843. Photo : L’École Van Cleef & Arpels – Benjamin Chelly

 

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A grand inaugural exhibition: "Stage Jewelry from the Comédie Française"

Given its location in the theater district, it seemed only natural that the first temporary exhibition held by L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts at its newest site would feature stage jewelry from the Comédie-Française. This unprecedented exhibition includes 120 accessories, pieces of art, and documents that are for the most part sourced from the theater’s collections.

Serving as a preamble is a filmed excerpt of Georges Feydeau’s renowned play Un Fil à la patte, in which a ring is at the heart of a misunderstanding. Indeed, a piece of jewelry can drive a plot’s action! Thanks to this segment, the exhibition begins on a humorous note...   

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L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts – Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau

L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts – Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau

L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts – Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau

Nicolas Bos, President and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels

There are no entrance fees at our exhibitions, of course!

 

We aim to provide access to the world of jewelry to the widest audience possible. Our world shouldn’t intimidate or turn anyone away.