Going through the mirror at Chaumet

Joséphine de Beauharnais with a Chaumet tiara

October 18th, 2017. Amazing “professor experience” proposed by LVMH. Visit of Chaumet museum on Place Vendôme. A Discovery of the history of Chaumet house and its relation to French History.

Chaumet was founded by Marie-Étienne Nitot in 1780. In 1802, Nitot was appointed court jeweller to Emperor Napoleon I and his wife Joséphine de Beauharnais. Among the beautiful jewels and diadems created for the royalties, the most famous piece is probably the sword of Napoleon coronation,  crowned with the huge 141-carat Regent Diamond.

A famous resident of the house was Chopin who wrote his last composition, the Mazurka in G Minor in the majestic Grand Salon with a view on Place Vendôme and died in the house on October 1849.

In the evening, I was invited to the Christian Dior exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Blessed to be the LVMH Professor Ambassador at EDHEC.

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