Item description for Cartier 1899-1949: The Journey of a Style by Nuno Vassallo E Silva...
The glory of classic Cartier jewelry is exhibited through fifty years worth of designs shown in this exhibition catalog. It shows how surprising the First Cartiers were, in two clear ways: first, art nouveau elements are almost totally absent. Instead there is a singular reinterpretation of the neoclassical vocabulary: floral motifs, acanthus scrolls, and garlands or drops. Care for detail in these architectural motifs–often in three dimensions–is paramount. At the same time, Cartier introduced the use of platinum for the mounts. This metal was more solid and more luminous but also harder to work. It required a revolution in setting techniques as well as new tools and underlying techniques. Layer by layer, these foundation designs raised Cartier to the position of visionary and pioneer.Specialists, collectors, fans of Cartier objects, and those who love decorative arts will discover a surprising new view of Cartier in this major catalog. Nuno Vassallo e Silva is deputy-director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. Maria Fernanda Passos Leite is chief curator for the Textile and René Lalique Collections at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Judy Rudoe, an associate at The British Museum is a historian of the decorative arts and the author of several articles, books, and catalogs on decorative arts. Come Remy is a specialist in 20th-century decorative arts, and an expert on behalf of sales committees and insurance companies.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.7" Width: 8.9" Height: 1.1" Weight: 3.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 25, 2007
ISBN 886130026X ISBN13 9788861300262
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Good research Oct 10, 2007
The book is well researched but the range is limited to a period of Cartier. Focusing not only on the great historic pieces but also on the small ones, it makes for interesting reading for anyone who appreciate fine workmanship but also the history of jewels. High quality photos.