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An Exhibition of Excellence: Luxurious Luxuries

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Golden dress by Guo Pei from the Magnificent Gold Collection. Guo Pei — Magnificent Gold Collection « Samsara » Pékin, 2006 Courtesy of the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore. © Photograph by Russel Wong. . Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — A world of treasures is unfolding at the MAD, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris. A world filled with fine crafts, gemstones, luxurious pieces of artistic and craft creation that the world has known through the ages from Antiquity right down to now. The Goyard trunk that belonged to the Duke of Windsor is on hand as well as the finest fashions from the French couture houses, a necklace form René Lalique, a contemporary gold dress from the Chinese designer Guo Pei, but, too, a 16th century spoon in silver and polished seashell, a pair of snake bracelets fashioned by the house of Mellerio in the 19th century, make-up utensils used in ancient Egypt and a mother-of-pearl chest made in Surat, India in the 16th century.

Balancing act pearl ring from the house of Tasaki. Bague Balance — Tasaki, 2017 © MAD, Paris / Christophe Dellière. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The exhibition, entitled Luxes or Luxuries, brings together some 100 pieces showcased in both a chronological and thematic fashion. If you are waiting for the museums to re-open or if you can’t get to France when they do, The Gourmet Gazette brings the show to you. The exhibition is being held in the MAD or Decorative Arts Museum of Paris which looks out onto the scenic Tuileries Gardens.

The Hourglass which opens the show symbolizing that ultimate luxury, time. The Hourglass, Marc Newson, 2015, Suisse, Verre borosilicate, nanobilles en acier inoxydable plaquées or © Philippe Joner. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Two emblematic rooms in the museum — usually closed to the public — are being used to exhibit the array of exceptional objects: the 1900 Salon which was commissioned by the museum for the World Exhibition to celebrate Art Nouveau and the French decorative arts well as the Salon des Boiseries which is a master-piece of European decor crowned with a chandelier by Venini exhibited in Paris in 1925. The show aims to place luxury in an anthropological and cultural context and opens with an hour glass by Marc Newson, symbolizing the ultimate luxury, that of time. Until July 18th.
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