Van Cleef & Arpels Brings Art Deco Items From Aga Khan Royals to Paris

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PARIS — Van Cleef & Arpels has brought a collection of intricate, gem-encrusted boxes from the Art Deco era to L’École, the School of Jewelry Arts in Paris, in the house’s latest effort to spread appreciation of its luxury trade among the broader public. The exhibit, which runs from April 4 to 25, shows how the period’s most skilled jewelers blended Eastern and Western influences to make refined vanity cases for a generation that reveled in freedom. Signed by Lacloche Frères, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, among others, they were gifts from Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan to his wife Princess Catherine, marking life passages over a nearly 30-year stretch. About half of the 100 pieces in the collection are being shown on this leg, the second of its trans-Atlantic tour. It follows a stop at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, where they were part of a larger exhibit centered on the American jazz age. Many of the pieces were fashioned just a stone’s throw from the show, on the Place Vendôme. “It’s magic to have all these houses of the Place Vendôme here — both the existing ones and those that disappeared — returning to their source,” said Nicolas Luchsinger,

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