Ex­plor­ing the style and his­tory of Cartier

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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

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