On my trip to the French Côte d’Azur in May, I found a just a few almost ridiculously romantic vintage bits from the back corner of a ridiculously fascinating antique shop in Menton, including for example some 1920s murano glass and tiny, just half a millimeter steel beads that were widely used back in the day in beaded embellishments. I cleaned and saved every single dusty mini bit that I could salvage, smiling to myself that my work is sometimes absolutely crazy.
At some point the name “Pompadour” started ringing in my head out of somewhere, and I found myself creating rather striking colour combos with purple, turquoise, black, green, gold and silver. I didn’t really remember anything about Madame de Pompadour but her name started to feel more and more suitable when the first jewellery pieces were ready. I was a little bit baffled myself as to how they had turned out and I still am, so I looked up on some information on her. So, in short, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, later known as Marquise de Pompadour, was for many years the favourite of the King Louis XV in the mid 18th century. She was also a major patron of the decorative arts and the philosophes of the Enlightement, a true champion of French pride despite her frail health. Not surprisingly, her hairstyle and fashions were widely copied and her favourite colour was… purple.
Madame de Pompadour by François Boucher
So, Pompadour it is, the name of this series of once again mainly unique jewellery pieces this Autumn, when the biggest festive season of the year is upon us! This first batch is colourful and romantic but always with an edgy twist. And I’ll be back soon with lots of black, black, black. Please stay tuned, I’m adding Pompadour pieces in the Fine van Brooklin online shop as we speak… <3