From June 1 through July 31, 2019, Cartier and the Palace Museum present Beyond Boundaries: Cartier and The Palace Museum Craftsmanship and Restoration Exhibition in the Meridian Gate Gallery of the Palace Museum.
Ten years after Cartier Treasures – King of Jewelers, Jeweler to Kings, this cultural event celebrates the bonds of friendship between Cartier and China, the links between their shared inspirations and savoir-faire.
This one-of-a-kind event, held in one of the most renowned locations in the world, features over 850 pieces dating from the Ming dynasty all the way to today, spanning from the Cartier Collection, Cartier’s archives, the collections of the Palace Museum and other public institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the Qatar Museums, the Musée international d’horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), as well as private and princely collections.
The Chinese dragon represents good and courage, contrary to Western culture, which portrays it as a frightening symbol. On this brooch dating back to 1920, Cartier highlights two dragons playing around a central pearl, a common motif in Chinese architecture and furniture. This brooch was purchased by Jeanne Paquin, a famed Parisian fashion designer in the 1910s who was among the first pioneers to gain international renown.
Cartier Paris, 1920
Platinum, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, onyx
Mother-of-pearl, jade, sapphire, turquoise, diamond, aventurine... For Cartier, precious stones are colors, used by artists to compose the embellishments of this 1928 vanity case. Featured in the Cartier Collection today, its remarkably delicate effects of material and depth were most likely inspired by a Chinese Kangxi famille-verte porcelain plate from the collections of Louis Cartier. It is showcased in the exhibition alongside a similarly decorated plate from the collections of the Palace Museum.
Chinese vanity case
Cartier Paris, 1928
Gold, platinum, mother-of-pearl, coral, sapphires, turquoise, onyx, aventurine, jade, emeralds, diamonds, black lacquer
Borrowing from the opulence of Chinese motifs, Cartier drew inspiration from the chimera, a goat-lion-dragon hybrid, to create a large number of precious items starting in the 1920s. A special order from actress María Félix in 1972, this bracelet combines the exquisite intensity of coral with a stylized version of the fantastical creature, whose details are accentuated with diamonds or emerald cabochons. This piece was recently added to the Cartier Collection.
Cartier Paris, special order, 1972
Gold, diamonds, emeralds, coral