The Marché Dauphine, in the heart of the Paris - Saint-Ouen flea markets, invites you to discover an exceptional collection! Márcia de Castro and Guy Maurette, two passionate collectors unveil more than 6000 glass beads that they have gathered in the “Perles de troc / African Trade Beads” exhibition at the Dauphine gallery (1st floor of the Dauphine Market) from 14.11.21 to 2.01.2022.
The thousands of pearls presented were made in Egypt and in Europe (Venice, Bohemia, Germany, France). These pearls mixed with other commodities of trade and commerce, were used as currency in the exchanges with the populations of the African and American continents, between the XNUMXth and the beginning of the XNUMXth century.
If the history of jewelry and pearls merges with the history of mankind, these pearls tell us a painful part of our recent history.
After having been the subject of significant trade over the past few centuries, today the ancient pearl market has shifted to the United States. There, pearls have become objects of study, collection and speculation.
In 2015, Márcia and Guy created the Itinerant Museum of the Ancient Pearl in France (MIPAF). MIPAF is an original project and a unique experience.
Collectors travel across France with more than 6000 pearls, mostly acquired on African markets. These pearls tell us 1000 years of history.
The collection of Márcia de Castro and Guy Maurette has been exhibited in the most prestigious glass events in France and Europe: Sars-Poteries, Palau-del-Vidre, Briare, Carmaux, Claret, Blangy-sur-Bresle, Saint-Just -Saint-Rambert, CERFAV, Baccarat, Glass Museum of Charleroi (Belgium), Altare (Italy)…
The exhibition consists of:
- more than 6000 pearls,
-a slide show retracing the main stages in the history of pearls,
- an exhibition and sale of necklaces made with collectible pearls as well as books,
- an educational and cultural environment.
Each pearl is unique and the little bit of history it contains too. Márcia and Guy will welcome you at the Galerie Dauphine (1st floor of the Marché Dauphine), every weekend from November 14, 2021 to January 2, 2022.
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Line 4 - Porte de Clignancourt
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