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Exhibition “Cartier, Style and History”

by Julie MIALET 18 Jul 2019

At the Grand Palais in Paris until the 16th of February, the exhibition “Cartier, Style and History” showcases for the first time ever more than 600 exceptional pieces, in the prestigious Salon d’Honneur.

This is the first event of this scale to take place in Paris since the retrospective devoted to the Maison Cartier in 1989 at the Petit Palais.

Tiara, Cartier, Paris, 1914, Photo: V. Wulveryck, Cartier Collection (©Cartier).

Exceptional jewellery, emblematic pieces, sumptuous tiaras, but also watches, clocks, refined objects, drawings and fashion accessories are brought together in this dazzling exhibition, which retraces the importance of this jeweller in the history of tastefulness and the decorative arts, from its foundation in 1847 to the mid-1970s.

In this historical and aesthetic retrospective, the most beautiful pieces are on display, along with more than 300 documents from the Cartier archives.


Through styles, inspirations and personalities, this sumptuous exhibition retraces the history of Cartier, who played a major role in the history of the decorative arts.

The house of the man known as the “king of jewellers” and “jeweller to kings” seduced the whole world, from Maharajahs to the Queen of England, including film stars and American heiresses (Barbara Hutton, Marlene Dietrich, Liz Taylor, Maria Felix…).

Photos Marian Gérard / Archives Cartier / N. Welsh / Collection Cartier

The exhibition is punctuated by the evocation of emblematic characters from the history of the House of Cartier, and highlights the popularity of jewellery with the most elegant personalities of the 20th century.

Photo V. Wulveryck, Collection Cartier © Cartier

Cartier’s unique savoir-faire has been able to survive the centuries and adapt to times, offering an exciting testimony to the evolution of taste and social codes: from classic to modern creations, including exoticism.

Commissioned by Sir Bhupindar Singh (1928), Maharajah of Patiala. Set in platinum with 2930 diamonds, two rubies and the famous Beers diamond (234.69 carats), for a total weight of 1000 carats. Photo copyright Cartier.

Panthère brooch, Cartier, 1949, platinum, white gold, once owned by the Duchess of Windsor © Cartier

This exhibition, the largest ever devoted to the House of Cartier, does not neglect any of the activities that made its reputation, from ceremonial jewellery to more intimate pieces. A must see!

Paris, Grand Palais
4 décembre 2013 – 16 février 2014


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