Exploring the style and history of Cartier
THE Grand Palais in Paris will be home to the most spectacular exhibit ever on the famous French jeweller and watchmaker from Dec 4, 2013 to Feb 16, 2014.
Going beyond the prestige associated with the brand’s jewellery collections and iconic watches, the exhibition will highlight Cartier’s role within the wider context of art history and French history. This journey through time is indicated in the exhibition’s title: Cartier: Style And History.
Within the scenography created by exhibition designers Nicolas Groult and Sylvain Roca within the 1,200sqm Salon d’Honneur at the Grand Palais, visitors can view 600 exceptional Cartier pieces, each more refined than the last.
Since 1847, when LouisFrancois Cartier took over a Parisian jewellery workshop, the French brand has continuously created exceptional jewellery, presenting pieces that are appreciated worldwide for their beauty as well as for their social function.
In addition to purely ornamental pieces, visitors will be able to view items once seen as practical necessities in high society, including cigarette cases, lipstick cases doubling as watches, and even the brand’s first wristwatches, introduced in 1888.
The exhibition will emphasise key dates in Cartier’s history through emblematic pieces of jewellery, ranging from the first Cartier pieces in an abstract, modernist style (1906) to the tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her royal wedding.
Visitors can also admire the first Cartier jewelry wristwatch, covered with the now famous “Panthere” motif, a textured pattern of diamonds and onyx.
The French brand’s collections have been worn by some of the world’s most illustrious personalities. Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece to Napoleon I, made her first purchase from Cartier in 1856.
American heiress Barbara Hutton and film icons Marlene Dietrich and Liz Taylor were also among Cartier’s most loyal clients.
Around 20 pieces in the exhibit are taken directly from the collection of the royal family of Monaco, allowing visitors an intimate look into Grace of Monaco’s jewellery box.
The exhibit will also spotlight the jewellery owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post, an avid collector of French and Russian art, who was considered to be Cartier New York’s most frequent customer in her day. – AFP Relaxnews