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• • • Being a journal by artist and designer John Coulthart, cataloguing interests, obsessions and passing enthusiasms.


Exposition jewellery


Broche Marguerite.

Still in the 19th century, and more contributions to the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900. The first and third of these are collaborations between Art Nouveau designer Eugène Grasset and jeweller brothers Henri & Paul Vever. The butterfly woman is Henri Vever’s own creation.

Well-known jewellers since the 1870s, Henri and Paul Vever broke new ground at the Universal Exhibition of 1900 when they presented a new line of “artistic” jewellery alongside more traditional pieces. They asked the decorator Eugène Grasset to design the new pieces. Grasset, who was the author of the famous vignette on Larousse dictionaries: “Je sème à tous vents”, had trained as a sculptor, designed furniture, posters, stained-glass windows and ceramics and made a name as an illustrator. (More.)





Previously on { feuilleton }
Exposition Universelle catalogue
Jewelled butterflies and cephalopods
Exposition Universelle publications
Exposition cornucopia
Return to the Exposition Universelle
The Palais Lumineux
Louis Bonnier’s exposition dreams
Exposition Universelle, 1900
The art of Philippe Wolfers, 1858–1929
The Palais du Trocadéro
Lalique’s dragonflies
Lucien Gaillard



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5 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Nathalie


    Apparitions is awesome and creepy. Goth jewellers!

  2. #2 posted by John


    Yes, that’s a strange one but then Phillipe Wolfers’ bat belt buckle was rather Goth as well.

  3. #3 posted by Therese


    Yes, “Apparitions” IS awesome – it really reminds me of this painting by the Norweigan artist Theodor Kittelsen:

  4. #4 posted by John


    What an amazing painting… I wasn’t sure who he was but looking at his Wiki info I’ve seen his Forest Troll before but not any of the others. Some really creepy stuff, thanks for the tip!

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