Maison Les Frères Rochat - Contemplation du cerisier impérial. The splendour of the cherry blossom gave us inspiration for this unique and luxurious piece.
In China, the symbolic significance of the cherry blossom is associated with feminine beauty. It is the allegory of power and strength, and is also the emblem of love and passion, providing the perfect reasons to take inspiration from this plant’s delicate nature and its strong symbolic significance in China and throughout the world.
The shape of the case - the case in the style of Chinese treasures resembling an ingot, which in Chinese culture, is a perfect container in which to preserve the most precious treasures. The hope of fortune does not necessarily reflect a desire for personal wealth, but rather an aspiration for success and prosperity extended to one’s whole family. The exact form of these cases varied according to the era and region, offering a very large choice of sizes, qualities, weights, patterns and inscriptions. Ingots shaped in the form of a boat, a pancake, a horse-shoe, a drum or even a tea flower were quite popular.
A celebration of femininity - Burins, gravers, burnishers and other small pointed blades with wooden handles: the engraver’s tools bear witness to the secular roots of the oldest form of decorative art used to embellish the most beautiful of exceptional articles in existence. In the adroit hands of an expert, they transform the bird’s case into a work of art, each trait patiently sculpted and animated by the play of the light. Between copperplate, bas-relief or embossing, the surfaces patiently accumulate each detail of the design, offering the goldsmith exceptional areas of expression. The outline of the case is an arrangement of surfaces and edges particularly taut and full of life reflecting an exceptional light. These character lines provide the structure for the object, beautifully modern, acting as the support for the bird. The shapes are carefully designed, generating spaces with great expressive freedom and beautiful areas, in which to demonstrate various levels of craftsmanship, and all quite exceptional. Collaboration with Etienne Ruffieux.