Texts by Jean d'Ormesson
1976 / 136 PAGES.
Language: Text in English and French
The personality and works of this brilliant jewellery designer are presented via a reconstruction of his activity with a focus on the objects he designed.
Schlumberger’s world lies where dreams, nature and history meet and mingle. Gold, rock crystal and enamel take on an almost Byzantine or Venetian aspect, offering us dreamy palm trees, imaginary birds, unknown obelisks, gemstones “planted” in vases, slightly bizarre tiaras and pure, delirious ciboria. His crosses, clocks, his swords and boxes, all spring from a meticulous design where imagination is nourished by accuracy and intelligence. Rushing into elegance, these creations move directly from desire to beauty – a beauty which can also be called rarity, precision, balance, choice. The volume brings to light objects that require slow maturing and meditation; objects that should not just be admired but perceived equally with our hands and imagination.