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HONORING PRICE: VIPs from the jewelry, design, antiques and art worlds gathered at a dinner on Thursday night to celebrate the latest tome by Judith Price, called “Lest We Forget, Masterpieces of Patriotic Jewelry and Military Decorations.” The event was hosted by AXA Art in its magnificent Hôtel de La Vaupalière Paris headquarters.
“Judith always chooses the most interesting subjects,” commented Lorenz Bäumer, leafing through a copy of the book as guests settled in at their tables. Chatting with his neighbor, Sondra Gilman, during the dinner Bäumer revealed he has a vast collection of old photographs of the Place Vendôme column, dating back as far as 1850. The storied square will be the site of much activity for the jeweler next year. Louis Vuitton, for whom Bäumer is artistic director for fine jewelry, is expected to open its first jewelry store there in 2012. Marking the 20th anniversary of his signature jewelry house, Bäumer also hinted at plans to open his own store on Place Vendôme, possibly sometime next year.
Also attending the dinner were representatives from houses that had loaned pieces for Price’s book, such as Boucheron’s Marie de Foucaud and Zia Fernandez-Ibarreche, curator-archivist at Dunhill’s museum-archive in London. Fernandez-Ibarreche said that in two weeks the museum plans to auction off a number of antique A-grade pens produced by Dunhill-Namiki, including a stunning set of 12 lacquered pens, at Bonhams in London.
Meanwhile, Price, who is president of the National Jewelry Institute, will have another reason to celebrate Thursday, when she is to be decorated as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.