Thursday, January 09, 2014

Cartier: Style & History

All the glitz and glamor of Cartier is now on display at the Grand Palais in Paris. The exhibition will continue until February 16th, focusing not just on the beauty and power of the pieces of jewelry created by this famous company, but on the company’s history since its foundation in 1847 and the impact its pieces have had on the world of decorative arts. 

“Perhaps because it has been eclipsed by its famous name and the sparkle of its diamonds, too little is known even now about the rich and complex history of this great house of jewellery. Yet Cartier has played a key role in the history of the decorative arts. Its creations – from the classicism of the ‘jeweller to kings’ to the radical inventions of style moderne – offer a fascinating testament to the evolution of taste and social codes” (Grand Palais). 

Cartier, 19th century
Cartier, Egyptian Art Deco brooch, 1920s
Cartier, The Royal “Halo” Tiara, 1936

The exhibition features more than 600 extraordinary pieces, presented side-by-side for the first time. Most of the pieces belong to the Cartier Collection, or have been loaned by private parties, institutions and museum collections from France and around the world. Together, these pieces are a testament to the rich and intricate history of the Jeweler to Kings and the King of Jewelers” (Cartier).

Cartier 1956

Calibre de Cartier Cronograph, 2013


You can read more about the fascinating history of Cartier on their website

If you are in Paris before February 16th, be sure to drop by the Grand Palais to inundate yourself in beauty and brilliance!
Perhaps because it has been eclipsed by its famous name and the sparkle of its diamonds, too little is known even now about the rich and complex history of this great house of jewellery. Yet Cartier has played a key role in the history of the decorative arts. Its creations – from the classicism of the “jeweller to kings” to the radical inventions of style moderne – offer a fascinating testament to the evolution of taste and social codes.  – See more at: http://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/cartier-style-and-history#sthash.T7t8RtFU.dpuf

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Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 09:08:00 PM
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