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Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (Netherlands)

Art Deco - Paris

Exhibition from October 14 2017 to March 4 2018

A new destination for the Cartier Collection: the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Cartier Collection continues to generate a great deal of interest in the museum world. The Art Deco – Paris exhibition focuses on the influence that French fashion designer Paul Poiret had on Art Deco, the major artistic movement of the 1920s. Nicknamed “le Magnifique”, or “the Magnificent One”, Paul Poiret was surrounded by the most renowned avant-garde artists of his time, and set the codes of Art Deco design from the early years of the 20th century.

The exhibition reveals the richness of this style through a large collection of pieces that bring together works from Modigliani, Kees Van Dongen, and Brâncuși, amongst others, and flamboyant costumes originating from the collections of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The Cartier Collection is exhibiting a set of 35 pieces of jewelry, vanity cases, cigarette cases and desk clocks, which reveal the new attitudes and tastes of the period's most elegant women. Amongst these pieces are four bracelets which were presented by Cartier at the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes in 1925.

An attraction to pure lines, daring color combinations and Orientalist motifs bring to life creations by both the Fashion Designer and Jeweler. Equally ahead of his time, in the early 1910's Louis Cartier introduced the “modern style” of refined jewelry with abstract, geometric motifs.

Visitors are invited to relive the splendor of this resolutely modern era which continues to fascinate today; an era which was fundamental to the Maison’s creative journey.

For more information about the exhibition: https://www.gemeentemuseum.nl/en/exhibitions/art-deco

Art Deco Paris
Panther vanity case

Panther vanity case

Cartier Paris, 1927

Gold, platinum
Enamel
Diamonds, emeralds, rubies
Onyx

Nils Herrmann, Cartier Collection © Cartier

Egyptian-style pendant

Egyptian-style pendant
Cartier Paris, 1913

Platinum
Diamonds
Onyx

The motif of the pylon, or monumental temple gate, was used by Egyptian goldsmiths for pendants worn as pectoral jewelry.
Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier

Bracelet

Bracelet
Cartier Paris, 1925

Platinum
Diamonds
Coral
Onyx

This bracelet was one of the items displayed by Cartier at the famous Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes in 1925.
Nils Herrmann, Cartier Collection © Cartier

Brooch

Brooch
Cartier Paris, 1922

Platinum
Diamonds, emeralds
Onyx

Nils Herrmann, Cartier Collection © Cartier