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Philippe Jacquin-Ravot

Philippe Jacquin-Ravot Miniature maker
Contact
French, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+33 768882673
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Painting huge detail on a tiny scale

  • • Philippe is a miniaturist
  • • He mostly works for the very secretive watchmaking industry
  • • He has been practicing miniature painting for more than 30 years

Philippe Jacquin-Ravot graduated from l’École Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Lyon, and then had an artist residency in Paris for a year. He spent many years working for an ocularist painting irises for artificial eyes. But it was his love and interest in trees, that set him on the course of miniaturist paintings. He created a series of 36 watercolours of trees with incredible detail but no hyperrealism. More recently he has used his specialisation in painting the faces of watches. “I turned to miniaturist art because I wanted to apply my know-how. It so happens that watchmaking of excellence requires this same type of incredibly detailed work at a very high quality.” He now works on a great range of miniaturist projects from his small atelier named Manufacto, located in a former bakery in Lyon.

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Works

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Bouquet of Flowers

This piece, Bouquet of Flowers by Philippe Jacquin-Ravot, was made with the elusive painting technique, the art of inverted painting. Known in the West since antiquity, it reached its peak during the Renaissance. The micro flowers are a colourful assembly of yellow, orange, green, blue and violet and forms a unique dial for a watch.

Diameter 4 cm

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Dragonfly

Dragonfly by Philippe Jacquin-Ravot is made with the elusive painting technique, the art of inverted painting, on sapphire glass. Known in the West since antiquity, it reached its peak during the Renaissance. The micro painting in the typical dragonfly shades of yellow, blue and green tones creates a unique dial for a watch.

Diameter 3.95 cm

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Medusas and Fishes

This elusive painting is made with Grand Feu enamel, kiln-fired at 750°C under a sapphire glass. Vitrifiable enamel needs several firings at high temperature. All operations are final and unalterable. The micro painting made by Philippe Jacquin-Ravot, shows an underwater ocean scene featuring clown fish, medusas and corals. Painting under glass is a unique technique because the work is done on the back of the glass.

Diameter 4.2 cm

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Blue Water Lilies

More than just highlighting the craftsmanship, watchmaking projects allow for the personalisation of their dials. The idea of this one is to reproduce in miniature a painting or a detail of a world-famous work of art, Claude Monet’s ‘Blue Water Lilies’. This piece is part of the collaboration named Watch Museum between Philippe Jacquin-Ravot and watchmaker Vincent Calabrese. As far as the mechanism is concerned, the models apply the principle of "vagabond hours".

Diameter 2.8 cm

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