Fine Art Asia 2023 Academic Programme


Flora in Jewelry Arts

Presented by L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts

Speakers: Ms Mathilde Rondouin, Art Historian and Lecturer at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
  Ms Bonnie Lau, Art Historian, Director of Hon Ming Gallery and Lecturer at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Date: 8 October 2023 (Sunday)
Time: 12:30 – 13:30 pm
Language: English

Since ancient times, flora and the art of gardening have been true sources of inspiration for goldsmiths and lapidaries. Through rigorous observation of flowers and plants, the designer, who composes veritable bouquets of precious gems (rubies, emeralds, pearls…), honors and sublimates colors and natural forms.

Fig. Van Cleef & Arpels, Roses Nécessaire, 1926, Van Cleef & Arpels collection





Ms Mathilde Rondouin is an art historian specializing in the field of European Decorative Arts. Mathilde holds an MA in Philosophy from Karl Ruprecht Universität in Heidelberg – Germany, and another MA in History of Art Market and Collecting from The University of Warwick, Coventry – UK. Mathilde has been working in the fields of Limoges Tableware and French manufacture branding before coming to Hong Kong. She is a lecturer at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.


Ms Bonnie Lau is a third-generation specialist in 17th century Chinese furniture. Currently, she is Director of Hon Ming Gallery, a renowned establishment in Hong Kong founded by her father in the 1980s. She is also a committee member of Hong Kong Art Centre Bee group. Prior to joining her family business, Bonnie was General Manager of Liang Yi Museum, and the author of “K11 Art & Craft Heritage: Baibaoqian” book, supported by K11 Craft and Guild Foundation. She is keen in promoting traditional craftsmanship with a contemporary approach, and a guest speaker at Art Central, Intangible Cultural Heritage Summit, Cartier, Hong Kong Art Centre, Rotary club and lecturer at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.