This is the most important exhibition ever dedicated to the jewellery house. From classicism to the masterpieces that earned the brand the title of ‘jeweler to kings’ to the radical inventions of modern style – as Art Deco was called – and from geometric shapes to exotic ones.
About 600 jewels, objects, watches and clocks will be on display, accompanied by descriptions that testify to the tastes in art at the time. There will also be sketches and documents from the archive that allow this exhibition to tell of the historical figures that Cartier seduced over the years – from Marjorie Merriweather Post to Grace Kelly, from Barbara Hutton to Marlene Dietrich, from Daisy Fellowes to the Duchess of Windsor all the way to the maharajas of that much dreamed-about India that wasn’t so far off anymore.
Cartier 1928 – Platinum, gold, crystal, diamond, faceted mirror, enamel, coral, onyx, pearl, jade and mother-of-pearl pendulum clock. N.Hermann, collezione Cartier © Cartier.
Cartier 1957 – Platinum and white gold Palm brooch with seven Burma rubies.
Sir Yadavindra Singh, Maharaja of Patiala – In an illustration of the New York Herald in 1928 wearing a parade necklace created by Cartier for his father.
Cartier 1925 – Platinum Tutti Frutti bracelet with diamonds, engraved leaf-shaped sapphires and rubies, emerald spheres with a serti clos diamond, onyx, black enamel.
Cartier 1928 – Platinum parade necklace with diamonds, a yellow zircon, white zircons, white topazes, synthetic rubies, one smoked quartz and one citrine quartz.
The Queen Mary, wife of King George V – She manteined a special relationship with Cartier.
Cartier 1940 – Platinum and gold Flamingo brooch with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies and a citrine quartz.
‘Cartier. Le style et l’histoire’, will be at the Grand Palais through Feb. 14, 2014.