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François Curiel, Marion Fasel, Patrick Gries, Laurence Mouillefarine & Xiao Hui Wang. Paris. Éditions Xavier Barral. 2012. Hardback, dust jacket. 256 pages. Many full-page colour illustrations. 335 x 250mm (13¼ x 9¾"). 2.05kg. 9782365110013. English. Fine; as new.Catalogue for a landmark exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai. 'Since its opening on the place Vendôme in Paris in 1906, the renowned French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels has played a leading role in the development of the art of jewelry design. "Timeless Beauty", the heritage exhibition organized for the first time in China by Van Cleef & Arpels at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, explores the centennial history of the Maison through sources of inspiration such as Nature and Couture. This exhibition enhances Van Cleef & Arpels' unrivalled know-how and its quest for perfect beauty, encapsulated by highly demanding gemmologists, who select only the purest and most exceptional stones, the astonishing Mystery Setting technique, which has inspired so many designs, and the virtuosity of jewelers who bring the ingeniously transformable jewelry sets to life.' (from the blurb).