Cartier in the 20th Century

Cartier in the 20th Century

  1. Margaret Young-Sánchez
  2. Essays by Martin Chapman
  • ISBN 9780500517673
  • 31.10 x 24.10 cm
  • Hardback (no jacket) in slipcase
  • 272pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2014

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 Cartier collections 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 ateliers in Paris, London and New York.

Cartier in the 20th Century

The book focuses on the refined, elegant jewelry embraced by royalty and wealthy Americans during the Gilded Age; the bold colour and geometry of Art Deco jewelry; the exotic tutti frutti jewelry and fabulously eclectic mystery clocks inspired by the intoxicating productions of the Ballets 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 jetsetter; 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 is published in association with the Denver Art Museum.


About the authors:

Pierre Rainero is director of Image, Style and Heritage at Cartier.
Margaret Young-Sánchez, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Pre-Columbian Art at the Denver Art Museum, has published widely on pre-Columbian subjects and has a long-standing research interest in jewelry and decorative arts.
Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, curated the Cartier and America exhibition at the Legion of Honor.
Michael Hall, curator of the Rothschild collection at Exbury, Hampshire, England, has written extensively on metalwork.
Stefano Papi, a graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, has worked as Senior European Specialist in the jewelry departments of both Sotheby’s and Christie’s. His books include The Jewels of the Romanovs: Family & Court and, with Alexandra Rhodes, Famous Jewelry Collectors and 20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style.
Janet Zapata is an independent scholar and museum consultant specializing in jewelry and silver. The author of many books, including The Jewelry and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany, she regularly contributes to publications such as The Magazine Antiques and Art & Antiques, for which she wrote Shining On, about the enduring designs of Cartier.

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