Though Emperor Kangxi and Sun King Louis XIV have never met face to face, they both have a deep influence in the Sino-Franco Arts and Culture scene back in the 17th and 18th century due to their passion for arts.
Artefacts of that era shows transformation and fusion of Chinese and Parisian styles. French glass making techniques were adopted by the Chinese where French craftsmen applied the widely used Chinese blue and white porcelain colours to their work. Gifts were exchanged and French Jesuits were sent to help China with its science and astronomy studies. One of the most significant signs of their unspoken friendship was the construction of the famous Old Summer Palace of Emperor Kang Xi. Sent by the Sun King Louis XIV, Giuseppe Castiglione an Italian Architect, designed the architectural wonder. Its famous for its extensive collection of garden, architectural structure and numerous art and historical treasures.
Touched by the cross-cultural friendship between Emperor Kang Xi and Sun King Louis XIV and intrigued by the exotic fusion of Chinese and Parisian designs, Simone hopes to express this interesting Sino-Franco era through this collection.
Whimsical and bold, the Parisian Chinois Collection is designed to reflect a blend of European designs with oriental elements. Inspired by the style and grandeur of the Renaissance period and Marie Antoinette’s unusual twist to the jewellery, fused with Chinoiseries filigree, this jewellery is crafted with collection featuring song birds on carved perfume bottles, cherry blossoms, bird cages, phoenixes and dragons.