Magnificent Jewels of Jean Schlumberger: From the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Collection
15 October 2019 – 15 January 2020
The National Museum of Qatar will present an exhibition surveying the work of Jean Schlumberger (1907–1987), who transformed 20th century fashion with his creative designs for highly sculptural, vibrant, and imaginative jewelry and accessories inspired by natural forms. Magnificent Jewels of Jean Schlumberger: From the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Collection includes more than 100 pieces of jewelry and accessories. The exhibition debuted in 2017 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (USA) and has since travelled to The Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida (USA) and The National Museum of China in Beijing.
After emerging as a popular costume jeweler in Parisian high society in the late 1930s, Schlumberger opened an independent shop in New York City. Within a decade, he had earned a devoted clientele and his own salon at Tiffany & Co.’s iconic Fifth Avenue headquarters. As a signature designer for the American luxury jewelry firm for more than thirty years, Schlumberger became well known for his interpretations of animal and botanical subjects, particularly marine life and flowers, which are among the highlights of the Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), the largest and most comprehensive public collection of jewelry and art objects by Jean Schlumberger.
Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Kristie Couser, Curatorial Assistant for Works on Paper, The Clark Art Institute, have organized this exhibition.