Visiting Beijing’s Forbidden City this month? Be sure to check out the Chaumet Imperial Splendours exhibit

Chaumet Bourbon-Parma tiara, at Beijing's Forbidden City

Bejewelled timeline

If you’re visiting Beijing, a cultural must-see that’ll top your list would most likely be the Forbidden City. Serving as home for emperors and their households from the Ming to the Qing dynasties, it now houses imperial collections of artwork and artefacts, and holds exhibitions from time to time.

This month, jewellery, art and history are coming together at the Forbidden City. From 11 April to 2 July, Chaumet will be presenting a jewellery retrospective that’ll feature more than 300 pieces of work from its archives that backdate to the 18th century at the Forbidden’s City Palace Museum.

Under the direction of Henri Loyrette, director of Musee du Louvre, the exhibition brings together prestigious collections from notable museums including Chateau de Fontainebleau and the Victoria and Albert Museum of London. Titled Imperial Splendours, the exhibition centre’s around Chaumet’s patrimonial wealth. The well-heeled will also notice subtle exchanges between French and Chinese cultures, and the results of the exchanges when it comes to the art of jewellery.

Visitors will take a walk through the maison’s bejewelled timeline, viewing numerous jewels, paintings, objects d’art and drawings from archives. One of the highlights include the Chaumet Bourbon-Parma tiara, made by Joseph Chaumet (pictured above).

The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.30am to 5pm.

Wu men Room
Meridian Gate of the Forbidden City
No. 4 Jingshanqian Street
Dongcheng District
Beijing 100009