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"Cartier in the 20th Century" is published by the Denver Art Museum in association with The Vendome Press. The exhibition "Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century" is on view through March 15, 2015.

Created with the full expertise of Cartier Heritage, this handsomely designed, slipcased volume presents a meticulously selected overview of Cartier's contribution to 20th-century design and culture. Drawing extensively from the rich holdings of the Cartier collection and archive, it features not only a sumptuous array of rings, bracelets, necklaces and tiaras, but also cocktail and smoking accessories, mystery clocks, and lavish gifts exchanged by movie stars and maharajas, all created by Cartier's atelliers in Paris, London, and New York.

Organized thematically, the book focuses on the refined, elegant jewelry embraced by royalty and wealthy Americans during the Gilded Age; the bold color and geometry of Art Deco jewelry; the exotic tutti frutti jewelry and fabulously eclectic mystery clocks inspired by the intoxicating productions of the Ballet Russes and archaeological discoveries such as the treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb; the elegant smoking accessories that became a necessity for fashionable men and women alike; the wristwatch and other handsome finely crafted items that appealed to men; the strong, assertive jewelry, clocks, and accessories designed for the glamorous, cosmopolitan jet-setter; and of course the magnificent jewels and accessories owned by women of impeccable style and influence, from socialites to celebrities and actresses. Items owned by Daisy Fellowes, the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Grace, Barbara Hutton, Elizabeth Taylor, and María Félix are featured.

Throughout, specially commissioned photographs of Cartier's legendary jewels and objects are accompanied by vintage photographs - drawn from the Condé Nast and Cartier archives - of royals, socialites, and Hollywood stars in their Cartier finery, including work by Steichen, Horst, Rawlings, Beaton, and Charbonneau.

Cartier in the 20th Century
by Margaret Young-Sanchez, with essays by Martin Chapman, Michael Hall, Stefano Papi, and Janet Zapata

Denver Art Museum in association with The Vendome Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-86565-311-5
Slipcased hardcover, 9.5 x 12.25"
272 pages, 458 illustrations (color and black and white)


Item # 059503
 Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century
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