An act of rebellion against the quotidian, ordinary world in which we exist.
At Henri Maillardet, we have always had an ambitious mindset – to establish a world with no border between High Jewellery and The Art. Inside the modern art world of the twenty-first century, artists like Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Meret Oppenheim and Man Ray were beginning to explore the possibilities of conceptual jewellery, while blurring the lines between high jewellery and art.
The result of their avant-garde art declaration was a true challenge for the art world’s status quo, revealing unique jewel-sized masterpieces with deep artistic and surreal symbols. Surrealism is considered to be an act of rebellion against the quotidian, ordinary world in which we exist.
During the 1920s, a modern art movement called Surrealism was born in the heart of Paris from the ashes of World War I and was largely influenced by Dadaism, another avant-garde artistic movement. Surrealism sought to juxtapose reality in strange and unexpected compositions to create a ‘sur-reality’, inspired by the subconscious of the human mind.
Even though it started as a literary movement in France, the principles of which were outlined in André Breton’s 1924 ‘Manifesto of Surrealism’, it has fast spread throughout Europe and has developed different shapes of manifestations through art and politics, expressing revolutionary ideas.
Just as art, exclusivity is not designed to make sense to everybody, but to create ideological conflicts and debates between individuals. Art and exclusivity are to be lived and, nevertheless, discussed.
The conscious mind is the rational one, consisting of the thoughts, memories, feelings, and wishes of which we are aware at any given moment. The unconscious mind is a reservoir of feelings, thoughts, urges, and memories that are outside our conscious awareness and can contain contents that are unacceptable or unpleasant, such as feelings of pain, anxiety, or conflict.
The unconscious mind creates our irrational thoughts or the thoughts that confuse, scare and disgust us and it communicates through symbols in our dreams. Surreal art is limitless and cannot be classified into any borderlines. The only way to identify a surrealist piece of art is to search for its eccentric and peculiar symbols, the dreamlike effect, elements like dislocation, juxtaposition and transformation.
Based on Sigmund Freud’s concept of consciousness, the Surrealists have developed the art based on the influence of change, or the technique of Automatism. This technique supposes that the artist is drawing, writing, painting or creating anything that comes through their mind at that moment, without using the sense of rationality.
Highly inspired by classical themes of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, our High Jewellery collection was brought into present by the courageous surrealistic accents: not mere objects, but undying pieces of art that transcend time through inherited value and unicity of expression.
Enjoy our bejewelled surreality and immerse yourself in a world of exclusivity with one of Henri Maillardet’s statement pieces of art.
The High Jewellery Collection is inviting you to discover the universal values of classical lines, a sense of wonder with profound meanings, endless affection and possibilities.
We are committed to identify and nurture innovative minds with something to say.