Jean Schlumberger (1907-87) incorporated gift, diligence and a keen interest in wildlife to build a world of mesmerizing beauty, prompting himself from a self-taught young designer, first in Paris and then New York, to a legendary designer of accessories.
Thanks to a five-year collaboration between the National Museum of China and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in Richmond, Virginia of the United States, a selection of Schlumberger's works from VMFA's collection are being introduced to the Chinese audience.
More than 120 accessories shown at an exhibition named after Schlumberger at the National Museum of China marks the "most comprehensive public collection" of designs by the French jeweler, attributed to the donation by Rachel Lambert Mellon, the noted US philanthropist and horticulturalist who was a longtime patron of Schlumberger, according to Alex Nyerges, the director and CEO of VMFA.
The exhibition through Sept 1,?Jean Schlumberger: Twentieth Century Treasures from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, is the first project of the multi-year cooperation signed in 2018 between the two museums for exchanges in collection, research and human resource.
The exhibition at the National Museum of China also shows 11 centuries-old Chinese accessories from the museum's collection of which Wang Chunfa the museum's director says the aesthetics and philosophy of ancient Chinese echos with the modern design, celebrating the value of jewelries as cultural artifacts and art of a lingering charm.