L’ÉCOLE’s Publications

The books published by L’ÉCOLE are now available for sale at L’ÉCOLE Bookstore

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In line with its research projects and its mission to spread the culture of jewelry arts with a large audience, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts regularly publishes books, in partnership with museums and publishing houses. 

If you are interested in any of the publications, you are welcome to visit the bookstore at L’ÉCOLE, or email hk.lecole@vancleefarpels.com for enquiries. 

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THE ART OF THE JEWELER, EXCELLENCE AND CRAFTSMANSHIP

This book is born from the realization that there aren’t any publications for the general public which present the crafts of jewelry. Even though these crafts bring together exceptional and prestigious expertise, they are still insufficiently known.
Beautifully illustrated with photographs from major jewelry houses, this book showcases the diversity, the demanding and technical nature, but also the beauty of the different gestures which are combined in order to achieve the most precious and daring creations. Thanks to the iconographic choices which highlight the work of craftsmen and their virtuosity, this book allows for the discovery of the crafts of jewelry and is an invitation to wonder.

Author: Guillaume Glorieux, University Professor, Director of Education and Research at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Editor: Gallimard («Découvertes» Collection) / L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Publishing date: April 2019
76 pages, over 120 illustrations
Available in French, English, Traditional Chinese & Simplified Chinese
Price: HK$180

Lacloche

LACLOCHE JOAILLIERS (LACLOCHE JEWELERS)

This monograph is the first to retrace the astonishing rise of the Lacloche family despite their modest beginnings at the rue de Châteaudun in 1892. Renowned for their elegance and refined craftsmanship, the models made by Lacloche Frères, and their successor, Jacques Lacloche, were designed by the best Parisian workshops, such as Strauss Allard Meyer, Verger, Helluin-Mattlinger, Langlois and Rubel, to which this book pays tribute. Two extraordinary gouaché albums, hitherto unpublished, bring to life the 63 jewels and 21 clocks presented by Lacloche Frères at the 1925 Exhibition.

AuthorsLaurence Mouillefarine, journalist, art market specialist and curator of the exhibition « Lacloche Jewelers » & Véronique Ristelhueber, archivist and iconographer, specializing in twentieth-century architecture, design and landscape.
Editor: Norma Editions / L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Publishing Date: October 2019
320 pages, over 700 images
Bilingual edition, in French and English
Price: HK$700

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FOR THE LOVE OF JEWELRY

This book presents an anthology of literary texts, French and from other countries, ancient and modern, revolving around the subject of jewelry. It is part of the “Le goût du…” collection of works, published by Gallimard in the Mercure de France collection.

Author: Texts chosen and presented by Jean-Noël Mouret
Editor: Gallimard (Collection Mercure de France) / L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Publishing date: October 2018
128 pages
Available in English and in French
Price: HK$700

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FLORA

1st volume of a trilogy published in partnership with the Musée des Arts décoratifs, highlighting the jewels of the Galerie des Bijoux, of which L’ÉCOLE is a partner.

Flowers have long been a source of inspiration for jewelers, many of whom have sought to capture their transient beauty in glittering gemstones and precious metals. The floral pieces in this book have all been selected from the magnificent jewelry collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and range from the 17th century to the present day. Beautifully photographed by renowned photographer Jean-Marie del Moral, these intricate works of art will delight all lovers of jewelry and nature.

Authors: Patrick Mauriès, writer, journalist and publisher & Evelyne Possémé, chief curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Editor: Thames & Hudson / L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Publishing Date: October 2016
128 pages, 110 illustrations
Available in English and in French
Price: HK$180

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FAUNA

2nd volume of a trilogy published with the Musée des Arts décoratifs, highlighting the jewels of the Galerie des Bijoux, of which L’ÉCOLE is a partner.

This volume deals more particularly with the theme of fauna in the history of jewelry. The animal kingdom has been a source of inspiration for jewelers since the days of antiquity. Chosen for their symbolism, beauty, or personality, a whole menagerie of creatures has been depicted in gemstones and precious metals, ranging from fantastical dragons, griffins, and sphinxes to wild beasts such as boars and big cats, to the delicate forms of birds, fish, and even insects. The 130 pieces in this book have been specially selected from the magnificent jewelry collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Authors: Patrick Mauriès, writer, journalist and publisher & Evelyne Possémé, chief curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Editor: Thames & Hudson / L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Publishing date: September 2017
128 pages, 110 illustrations
Available in English and in French
Price: HK$180

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FIGURES AND FACES

Following on from Flora and Fauna, this is the third book in a series devoted to the splendid jewelry collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, of which L’ÉCOLE is a partner.
The theme this time is the human figure. It begins in the Byzantine era and ranges through the medieval and Renaissance periods and beyond to the 19th century, when Lalique, Fouquet and the Maison Vever produced pieces that were the embodiment of elegant sophistication, and into the 20th, when artists such as Picasso and Giacometti joined forces with jewelers like Jean Lurçat and Line Vautrin. Figures & Faces is packed with striking and witty works of art that will charm all lovers of jewelry.

Authors: Patrick Mauriès, writer, journalist and publisher & Evelyne Possémé, chief curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Editor: Thames & Hudson / L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Publishing Date: March 2018
128 pages, 110 illustrations
Available in English and in French
Price: HK$180

Exhibition Catalogs

L'ECOLE also publishes exhibition catalogs that are distributed free-of-charge to visitors during the exhibition. At the end of each exhibition, these catalogs are available for sale at L’ECOLE Bookstore.

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LACLOCHE, PARISIAN JEWELERS, 1892 – 1967

Presented at L’ÉCOLE Paris in Winter 2019, and in Hong Kong in Winter 2021, this exhibition was a tribute to the Maison Lacloche, which was one of Paris’ celebrated jewelry houses from the Belle Époque period to the 1960s.

Through jewelry, clocks (both large and small), and vanity cases—the Lacloche specialty—as well as archival documents, the retrospective will illustrate various trends, including the naturalism of Art Nouveau, Egyptomania and the penchant for the Far East during the Roaring Twenties, the modernism of Art Deco, and the charmingly seductive creations of the 1950s.

Exhibition Catalog
Editor: L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Price: HK$100
Bilingual edition, in English and Traditional Chinese & in English and Simplified Chinese

Kids Activity Book 
Editor: L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Price: HK$70
Bilingual edition, in English and Traditional Chinese

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THE ART OF GOLD, 3000 YEARS OF CHINESE TREASURES

As L’ÉCOLE’s inaugural exhibition dedicated to Savoir-Faire (craftsmanship), the third L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific exhibitions held in Spring 2021 invited the public to discover fascinating goldsmithing techniques.

Curated with the support of Professor Xu Xiaodong, Associate Director of the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Dr. Tong Yu, Sam, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the exhibition features masterpieces from the Mengdiexuan Collection, showcasing 3000 years of Chinese gold craftsmanship. 

Exhibition Catalog
Editor: L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Price: HK$100
Bilingual edition, in English and Traditional Chinese & in English and Simplified Chinese

Kids Activity Book 
Editor: L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Price: HK$70
Bilingual edition, in English and Traditional Chinese

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DISCOVER THE GEMSTONES, RUBY & SAPPHIRE

[tbc] As L’ÉCOLE’s inaugural exhibition dedicated to Savoir-Faire (craftsmanship), the third L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific exhibitions held in Spring 2021 invited the public to discover fascinating goldsmithing techniques.

Curated with the support of Professor Xu Xiaodong, Associate Director of the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Dr. Tong Yu, Sam, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the exhibition features masterpieces from the Mengdiexuan Collection, showcasing 3000 years of Chinese gold craftsmanship. 

Exhibition Catalog
Editor: L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Price: HK$100
Bilingual edition, in English and Traditional Chinese & in English and Simplified Chinese

Kids Activity Book 
Editor: L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Price: HK$70
Bilingual edition, in English and Traditional Chinese

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PRECIOUS ART DECO OBJECTS

This exhibition was presented at L’ÉCOLE Paris in Spring 2018, in Dubai during Spring 2019 and in Hong Kong during Fall 2019 and it gathered a selection of art objects from the collection of Princes 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 smoked, enjoyed going out, applied make-up in public, and kept track of their numerous social engagements with a watch or a clock.

Editor: L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Price: HK$200
Bilingual edition, in English and Traditional Chinese & in English and Simplified Chinese