July 27 The Allure of the Past: 100 Years of French Jewelry
Lecture begins at 6:30 PM; cash bar opens at 5:00 PM

Join us for a special evening celebrating Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris. This talk is free to all, however, guests wishing to see the exhibition must obtain a ticket. Tickets are free for Joslyn members and college students with ID; $5 general public tickets on Thursday evenings.

"The Allure of the Past: 100 Years of French Jewelry" with Emily Stoehrer, Ph.D., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


While history has always fueled the artistic imagination, there have been certain moments when interest in the past has sparked a flurry of creativity in jewelry design. Nineteenth-century jewelers in France were looking to their glorious past to create colorful Renaissance-revival jewelry that used an array of enameling techniques. Simultaneously, as an extended period of Egyptomania swept Europe, French jewelers designed modern ornaments that borrowed ancient themes, and sometimes even included antiquities in their design. This lavishly illustrated lecture will focus on the many styles that were revived between 1830 and 1930 and include an examination of jewelry by Cartier, Falize Frères, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Jules and Louis Wièse.

What's Pictured: Husson, Brooch, c. 1880, gold, diamonds, emeralds, and enamel, 4 x 3.2 cm., Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris; © Julien Vidal / Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

Dr. Emily Stoehrer is the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she oversees a collection that spans 6,000 years and includes more than 22,000 objects. She received her PhD from Salve Regina University and a master’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Over the last decade, Stoehrer has lectured extensively throughout the United States, and also in Europe and Asia. Most recently, she curated Past is Present: Revival Jewelry and was a contributor to the book Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry. Dr. Stoehrer is currently writing a book on jewelry and Hollywood.

Exhibition produced by the Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum, Paris Musées, in association with the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN and Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE.