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Every two years, Syndicat National des Antiquaires will organize magnificent international antique exhibition in Paris around mid of September. The exhibition will take place in Grand Palais,where art lovers and collectors rub elegantly-clad elbows with dealers of international renown under tremendous glass roof.
The idea for the Biennale was born in the late 1950′s, under the ægis of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, and the first Biennale took place in 1962. The dream of the founders was, “to create an event where the beauty of the objects displayed would rival that of the women who would visit the exhibition,”
Like the Universal Exhibition of 1900 for which it was constructed, the Grand Palais and the objects exhibited therein are a testimonial to the marriage of beauty and technology. The “stands” vary, but rarely fail to attract. In one, an extravagant mise en scène pays homage to the works displayed within, while another is elegant in its simplicity, allowing the art to speak for itself.
Syndicat National des Antiquaires has undertaken a 24 city global tour in countdown to the largest Biennale to date. Exhibiting over $50 billion worth of Archaeological treasures, arms and armor, furniture, paintings, drawings, graphic works, sculpture, books and illuminated manuscripts, tapestries, rugs, objects d’art, coins and medals, stamps, ceramics and jewelry, the fair is expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors.With the re-opening of the breathtaking and newly-refurbished Salon d’Honneur, an area within the Grand Palais, this year’s Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris promises to be the biggest yet. The Biennale will host for 150 exhibitors, nearly double the 86 present at the last event in 2010.
One of Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations, not confirmed to be shown in Biennale des Antiquaires 2012, Izmir necklace, Bals de Légende collection .White gold, round, baguette-cut and pear-shaped diamonds, Mandarin garnet beads, pink gold, amethysts, rubellites, citrines, pink and purple spinels, topaz, and one 50.79-carat cushion-cut yellow sapphire.
The 26th Biennale des Antiquaires runs from 14th September to the 23rd at the Grand Palais and alongside the world’s most exclusive antique and art dealers are ten of the most desirable jewellers including Cartier, Chanel, Harry Winston, Boucheron, Piaget, Van Cleef and Arpels, Dior and for the first time ever Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and Chinese jeweller Wallace Chan. All of these houses will create their most refined jewels for this event which is the most important jewellery show of its kind. It is here that the most valuable jewels are showcased to the world’s most sophisticated and wealthy clients.
Biennale des Antiquaires 2012’s scenophapher : Karl Lagerfeld
The big names this year aren’t just on the show floor, but behind-the-scenes as this year organisers have lured fashion designer and decorative-arts lover Karl Lagerfeld to design and create the Biennale’s fantastical scenography. “I wanted to emphasise the immensity and the splendour of the glass roof, which will be like a protective sky… it is a place I adore”. “The era is different, I wanted to evoke, not reconstitute,” said Scenographer Karl Lagerfeld. “The intended effect is “that the visitor immediately feels enveloped by the atmosphere as soon as he enters the Grand Palais.”
Apparently, the deal with Karl Lagerfeld was a friendly gentlemen’s agreement and Christian Deydier, Président of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, explains the inspired venture, “Karl Lagerfeld’s creative genius, sensibility, finely honed taste and stage sense are all reasons why I am thrilled that he agreed to shape the 2012 Biennale according to his own taste. He is also a leading collector, someone who loves rare and beautiful objects, which means that he will approach this unique task as a connoisseur”. Although no images or mock-ups have been released, those in the know have been promised something truly special and anticipation is growing.
Pieces such as Boucheron’s Adam necklace, an iconic jewel by Boucheron from a former collection that features two of the house motifs: the serpent and the shape of a question mark and an indication of the level of creativity, incredible settings and a heavy does of biblical etymology to produce something so wickedly tempting.
New York giants Harry Winston will once again be the American in Paris, having had a boutique there since 1957 and a place at the Biennale since 1974. “At Harry Winston, we share in the same values of authenticity, exclusivity and a quest for the exceptional. We look forward to sharing a selection of our rarest and most spectacular designs with all the devotees of fine jewellery and art who will attend,” said Frédéric de Narp, President and CEO of Harry Winston, Inc. Expect to see this delicious sapphire and diamonds necklace stunningly realised this year, with 13 pear-cut sapphires, 146.71 carats; 225 brilliant, marquise, and pear-cut diamonds, 42.49 carats, all in a platinum setting ( above picture ).
Public Viewing: 14th-23rd September, 2012, 11AM – 9PM (Open until 11:00PM 18th, 20th, 22nd September)
Source : The Jewelry Editor
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