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Audrey & Delphine Le Poupon

  • Ys Paris
  • Mother-of-pearl worker
  • Tréguier, France
  • Master Artisan
Audrey & Delphine Le Poupon Mother-of-pearl worker
French, English
By appointment only
+33 296433918
© Ys Paris

From legend to luminous

  • • Ys Paris opened its workshop & showroom in 2017
  • • It is run by a sisterly duo with a shared love of the sea
  • • They only use French abalone shells

Ys Paris is the vision of two sisters: master mother-of-pearl artisans Delphine and Audrey Le Poupon. Their workshop is named after the myth of a lost Breton city called Ys, that is said to have been so beautiful it even inspired the naming of Paris. It’s easy to imagine the lost inhabitants of this mythical French Atlantis enjoying the designs of Ys Paris – the jewellery and wall decorations, the carefully worked shells. The Brittany region and its inspiring nature are a vital part of Ys Paris. Delphine and Audrey are committed to an environmentally responsible art that promotes the beauty of their locally sourced French abalone shell.

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  • © Ys Paris
  • © Ys Paris
  • © Ys Paris
Photo: © Ys Paris
Camellia Haliotis

The Camellia Haliotis is a tribute to the iconic fashion designer Gabrielle Chanel but also to a local flower of Brittany. Each delicate petal has been hand carved in the mother-of-pearl of French abalone shells.

Diameter 5.5 cm

Photo: © Ys Paris
Mourning White Queen

The Mourning White Queen is inspired by a circular adornment of an ancient Egyptian queen. The authors associated black silk tulle as a traditional mourning colour with approximately 200 mother-of-pearl carved petals embroidered on vintage linen. Black and White - Gwenn ha Du in Breton language - is also the name of the regional flag of Brittany.

Diameter 44 cm

Photo: © Ys Paris

Kurunenn, which means crown in Breton language, is a decorative circular wall piece inspired by a traditional adornment of Bigouden regional costume. Approximately 200 petals were carved in the mother-of-pearl from French abalone shells, and assembled to form this unique artwork.

Diameter 44 cm

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