A luxe Luxembourg craft fair in time for Christmas

An impressive 90 artists and artisans will exhibit at De Mains De Maîtres biennale

Arlequin by Pascale Seil, €2,605
Arlequin by Pascale Seil, €2,605 | Image: François Golfier

In the quest for an original Christmas gift, Luxembourg-Ville’s De Mains De Maîtres biennale, which runs from 28 November to 3 December, is craft nirvana. An impressive 90 artists and artisans will exhibit at this, the second edition – from ceramicists and fine weavers to sculptors.

L’artiste by Anne-Claude Jeitz and Alain Calliste, €6,224
L’artiste by Anne-Claude Jeitz and Alain Calliste, €6,224 | Image: Anne-Claude Jeitz et Alain Calliste
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Head-turning highlights include the glassworks by Pascale Seil, including Arlequin (€2,605), with its rainbow of bowls, and Sans Titre (€2,400) and Mer Calme (€6,400), which balance half-cylinders with floating inner vessels; and those by husband and wife duo Anne-Claude Jeitz and Alain Calliste, whose mesmerising pieces spin glass to create an almost transparent mesh of lace, best demonstrated in L’artiste (€6,224) and Souvenir d’enfance (€6,715). Dutch sculptor Wouter van der Vlugt’s sculptures are also worth seeking out: hewn from layers of plywood, they draw inspiration from natural forms, such as for Channeling Light (price on request) and Darker Things 2 (€3,200), as well as the other worldly, such as Alien Form, Peuplier (€12,000). 

Alien Form, Peuplier by Wouter van der Vlugt, €12,000
Alien Form, Peuplier by Wouter van der Vlugt, €12,000 | Image: Wouter Van der Vlugt
South Sea pearl Forbidden Fruits earrings by Claude Schmitz, €3,600
South Sea pearl Forbidden Fruits earrings by Claude Schmitz, €3,600 | Image: Patrick Muller

Standout smaller treasures include jewellery, such as that by Claude Schmitz. The South Sea pearl Forbidden Fruits earrings (€3,600) and utterly modern gold and amethyst brooch Chaos About Lilac (€8,800) add sparkle of a unique calibre to the festive season.

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