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10,000 Years of Luxury explores the multifaceted nature of luxury from ancient times to the present day. Curated by Olivier Gabet, Director of Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the exhibition draws primarily from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and other French, international and local institutions. It also displays works from Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection and offers a rare chance to evaluate our ever-changing fascination with luxury. Highlights among the 350 objects include the oldest pearl in the world, the renowned Boscoreale Treasure – one of the largest collections of silverware preserved from Roman Antiquity – and dresses and jewellery from design houses such as Cartier, Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, CHANEL, Christian Dior, ELIE SAAB and Yves Saint Laurent.

© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo Ismail Noor
© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo Ismail Noor
© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo Ismail Noor
© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo Ismail Noor
© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo Ismail Noor
© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo Ismail Noor
© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo Ismail Noor
© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo Ismail Noor
© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo Ismail Noor
© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo Ismail Noor
Boscoreale Treasure Found at Boscoreale (Italy) 1st century BCE – 1st century CE Silver and gold Paris, Musée du Louvre, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, gift of Baron Edmond de Rothschild, 1895 Photo credit: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Stéphane Maréchalle
Boscoreale Treasure Found at Boscoreale (Italy) 1st century BCE – 1st century CE Silver and gold Paris, Musée du Louvre, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, gift of Baron Edmond de Rothschild, 1895 Photo credit: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Stéphane Maréchalle
Soup Tureen, Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot , Paris, c. 1819. Brass, silvered by Christofle, 1907–1908. Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Gift of Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot to the French Chamber of Peers, 1835; assigned to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 2016. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Jean Tholance
Soup Tureen, Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot , Paris, c. 1819. Brass, silvered by Christofle, 1907–1908. Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Gift of Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot to the French Chamber of Peers, 1835; assigned to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 2016. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Jean Tholance
Shell spoon, Germany? 16th century. Handle of chased and engraved cast silver, bowl of shell Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Jean Tholance
Shell spoon, Germany? 16th century. Handle of chased and engraved cast silver, bowl of shell Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Jean Tholance
Noisettes Necklace, René Lalique. Paris, c. 1900. Gold, diamonds, peridots, enamel, glass Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris – Chritophe Dellière
Noisettes Necklace, René Lalique. Paris, c. 1900. Gold, diamonds, peridots, enamel, glass Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris – Chritophe Dellière
Fragment of velvet, Italy, Second half of the 15th century. Silk, metallic thread: red figured velvet and alluciolato with three heights of pile on taffeta backing, weft-loop weave Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Christophe Delière
Fragment of velvet, Italy, Second half of the 15th century. Silk, metallic thread: red figured velvet and alluciolato with three heights of pile on taffeta backing, weft-loop weave Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Christophe Delière
Ten-leaved Screen Foxes , Armand-Albert Rateau , France, Paris, c. 1921–1922. Lacquered and gilded wood. Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Gift of Prince Louis de Polignac, with the agreement of Yves Lanvin, in memory of Countess Jean de Polignac, daughter of Jeanne Lanvin, 1965. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Jean Tholance
Ten-leaved Screen Foxes , Armand-Albert Rateau , France, Paris, c. 1921–1922. Lacquered and gilded wood. Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Gift of Prince Louis de Polignac, with the agreement of Yves Lanvin, in memory of Countess Jean de Polignac, daughter of Jeanne Lanvin, 1965. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Jean Tholance
Cameo with mythological subject: Bacchus and Ariadne, Rome. Julio-Claudian period (41-45, Tablet); imperial period (1st – 4th centuries, other glyptic pieces) and 1780 (reconstructed by Luigi Valadier) Onyx marble, semi-precious stones, marble, gold, gilt bronze, enamel, glass paste Paris, Musée du Louvre, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Rome, probably Catacombs of Priscilla on the via Salaria (tablet and glyptic pieces); Rome, collection of Gaspare Carpegna; Vatican, Profane Museum; Paris, Palais des Tuileries (King’s apartments), 1740–1778. Photo credit: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Les frères Chuzeville
Cameo with mythological subject: Bacchus and Ariadne, Rome. Julio-Claudian period (41-45, Tablet); imperial period (1st – 4th centuries, other glyptic pieces) and 1780 (reconstructed by Luigi Valadier) Onyx marble, semi-precious stones, marble, gold, gilt bronze, enamel, glass paste Paris, Musée du Louvre, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Rome, probably Catacombs of Priscilla on the via Salaria (tablet and glyptic pieces); Rome, collection of Gaspare Carpegna; Vatican, Profane Museum; Paris, Palais des Tuileries (King’s apartments), 1740–1778. Photo credit: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Les frères Chuzeville
Inlaid bracelet, Found at the necropolis of Yahmur (Syria), 3rd century. Gold, garnet, green fluorite, sapphire, amethyst, chalcedony and glass? Paris, Musée du Louvre, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, formerly De Clercq- Boisgelin collections, Bj 2229. Photo credit: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Stéphane Maréchalle
Inlaid bracelet, Found at the necropolis of Yahmur (Syria), 3rd century. Gold, garnet, green fluorite, sapphire, amethyst, chalcedony and glass? Paris, Musée du Louvre, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, formerly De Clercq- Boisgelin collections, Bj 2229. Photo credit: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Stéphane Maréchalle
“Cosmetic spoons”, Egypt, Late 18th or 19th dynasty (1300 – 1186 BCE). Carob wood (spoon) and tamarisk wood (lid) inlaid and painted Paris, Musée du Louvre, Department of Egyptian Antiquities, purchased from the Louis Adolphe Thiers collection, 30 May 1886. Photo credit: © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christian Decamps
“Cosmetic spoons”, Egypt, Late 18th or 19th dynasty (1300 – 1186 BCE). Carob wood (spoon) and tamarisk wood (lid) inlaid and painted Paris, Musée du Louvre, Department of Egyptian Antiquities, purchased from the Louis Adolphe Thiers collection, 30 May 1886. Photo credit: © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christian Decamps
Dress in two parts, C. 1867. Sapphire silk velvet embroidered in gold thread with bercelé rinceaux and grape-bunch motifs, with gold lace trim Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Gift of E. Hayaux du Tilly, 1935 Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Jean Tholance
Dress in two parts, C. 1867. Sapphire silk velvet embroidered in gold thread with bercelé rinceaux and grape-bunch motifs, with gold lace trim Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Gift of E. Hayaux du Tilly, 1935 Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Jean Tholance
Dress, ELIE SAAB , France, Paris. Haute couture, Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Off shoulder dress in organza printed with vegetal motifs, embroidered shiny and matt parma sequins Paris, ELIE SAAB Haute Couture. Photo credit: © ELIE SAAB
Dress, ELIE SAAB , France, Paris. Haute couture, Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Off shoulder dress in organza printed with vegetal motifs, embroidered shiny and matt parma sequins Paris, ELIE SAAB Haute Couture. Photo credit: © ELIE SAAB
Evening gown Quatre mouchoirs, Madeleine Vionnet. Haute couture, Winter 1920 collection Ivory silk crêpe straight cut into four square panels, held by the corners at the shoulders and joined by vertical seams on the bias. Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, UFAC collection, gift of Madeleine Vionnet, 1952. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris / Patrick Gries  
Evening gown Quatre mouchoirs, Madeleine Vionnet. Haute couture, Winter 1920 collection Ivory silk crêpe straight cut into four square panels, held by the corners at the shoulders and joined by vertical seams on the bias. Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, UFAC collection, gift of Madeleine Vionnet, 1952. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris / Patrick Gries  
Adélaïde ball gown and coat, Christian Dior, France, Paris. Haute couture, Spring/Summer 1948 collection, Envol/Flight line Coat of silk satin with gold braid trim; bodice and skirt of synthetic tulle trimmed with satin Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs UFAC collection, gift of Elinor Brodie, 1969. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Jean Tholance
Adélaïde ball gown and coat, Christian Dior, France, Paris. Haute couture, Spring/Summer 1948 collection, Envol/Flight line Coat of silk satin with gold braid trim; bodice and skirt of synthetic tulle trimmed with satin Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs UFAC collection, gift of Elinor Brodie, 1969. Photo credit: © MAD, Paris - Jean Tholance
Abu Dhabi Pearl, Marawah Island, United Arab Emirates, c. 5800 BCE. ⌀ 0.3 cm. Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo credit: © Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi/ Photo by Musthafa Aboobacker/ Seeing Things
Abu Dhabi Pearl, Marawah Island, United Arab Emirates, c. 5800 BCE. ⌀ 0.3 cm. Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Photo credit: © Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi/ Photo by Musthafa Aboobacker/ Seeing Things
The Hourglass (Le Sablier), Marc Newson, HG Timepiece – Switzerland Suisse, 2015. Borosilicate glass, 7,727,248, miniature gold-plated steel nanoballs. HG Timepiece – Switzerland Photo credit: © Philippe Joner, 2015
The Hourglass (Le Sablier), Marc Newson, HG Timepiece – Switzerland Suisse, 2015. Borosilicate glass, 7,727,248, miniature gold-plated steel nanoballs. HG Timepiece – Switzerland Photo credit: © Philippe Joner, 2015
Samovar, Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna workshop) , Austria, Vienna , 1904 – 1905. Silver, coral, onyx, carnelian and ebony, Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo credit: ©Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi / Photo: APF
Samovar, Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna workshop) , Austria, Vienna , 1904 – 1905. Silver, coral, onyx, carnelian and ebony, Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo credit: ©Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi / Photo: APFSamovar, Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna workshop) , Austria, Vienna , 1904 – 1905. Silver, coral, onyx, carnelian and ebony, Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo credit: ©Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi / Photo: APF
Smallhythe table with folding leaves, Edward William Godwin, London, 1872. Stained wood and brass, Louvre Abu Dhabi, 2011. Photo credit: ©Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi / Photo: APF
Smallhythe table with folding leaves, Edward William Godwin, London, 1872. Stained wood and brass, Louvre Abu Dhabi, 2011. Photo credit: ©Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi / Photo: APF

The exhibition runs through 18 February 2020.

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