Odiot : find the secrets of a unique goldsmith’s workshop at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris
Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot built, during the first quarter of the 19th century, the most prosperous French goldsmith’s house by delivering sumptuous table services and prestigious sets such as the toilet of Empress Marie-Louise and the cradle of the King of Rome. Owning a piece finely produced by the craftspersons of the Maison Odiot is inviting History at home as well as having a taste for beautiful work. You will recognize the remarkable quality of Odiot which remains faithful to the excellence of tradition to ensure the transmission of the French heritage.
This is why even today Odiot perpetuates what were done by Jean-Baptiste Odiot several centuries ago, who decided to donate some masterpieces to the French State so that they could be used as models by young goldsmiths.
Since its foundation, Odiot has reaffirmed the preservation and diffusion mission initiated by Jean-Baptiste Claude Odiot, to continue this effort of transmission, while preserving the central place of human know-how and to contribute to the sustainability of French excellence.
As such, the Museum of Decorative Arts has kept, since 2009, an exceptional collection of 33 pieces of goldsmithery and 176 original drawings from Odiot’s workshop classified works of major heritage interest. The drawings were unveiled for the first time in March 2017 in an exhibition, “Drawing gold and silver : Odiot goldsmith (1763–1850)”, which confronts graphic works with art objects by revealing the creation process and the goldsmith’s research.
For more information, visit the website of the Museum of Decorative Arts, dedicated to this exhibition : www.mad-odiot.com