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Paris, Pearl Capital

Paris, Pearl Capital

By (author) Léonard Pouy


Publishing 9th Dec 2024
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    • Accompanies the exhibition Paris, Pearl Capital from 7 November 2024
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    If Paul Lévi and Jean-Paul Poirot are to be believed, rue Lafayette, which has been home to the majority of Parisian gem dealers since the 19th century, is thought to have been home to almost 300 fine pearl merchants between the two world wars, between numbers 1 and 100. The sheer size of this number is striking when compared with the current state of the fine pearl market, both within the capital and worldwide. As well as unravelling the final mysteries surrounding this biomineral, the main aim is to show the extent to which pearls inspired Parisian jewellers and artists of all kinds, both young and old. They all seem to have been driven by the same pearlomania, whatever their medium, from opera to cinema, painting, photography, posters or illustrated books, to the point of making the pearl one of the symbolic forms of the Roaring Twenties.

    Text in English and French

    Editions Norma
    Publish date
    9th Dec 2024
    World excluding Southern, Central and Northern Europe
    280 mm x 220 mm
    224 Pages
    200 color
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