November 22, 2015 | By Baukje Stamm |
The whole world is overwhelmed with cheap umbrellas from Asia with only a small artisan business being undertaken in Paris. With specific materials and a unique know-how the small shop offers parasols and umbrellas for all weathers and every occasion. They can be designed for protection against the rain or sun, for a wedding, a historic movie, a haute couture show or for a very particular special exhibition. This is the world of Michel Heurtault. He is Parisian by adoption and has gained an incredible knowledge on umbrellas – as well as acquiring the art of restoring historic umbrellas. Today his skills are deemed to be unique and have led to a worldwide reputation and to various awards, among them the Maître d’Art.
The exhibition will display more than 400 museum pieces from bygone days as well as his latest creations. On display will be the various components of a parasol or an umbrella from the handle being in ornate shapes such as that of a dog or cat, old lace by the yard or historical embroidery and the framework made of various materials such as whalebone or metal. Parasols and umbrellas can enable us to look back to an evolving history of more than 4000 years. The oldest piece in the collection was manufactured by Jean Marius. At the beginning of the 18th century, Sun King Louis XIV granted Marius, the inventor of the three-way collapsible umbrella, a five-year royal monopoly on the manufacture of folding umbrellas.
On show at the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel – 24th October 2015 – 3rd April 2016