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Cartier and America Hardcover – January 10, 2010
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As opulent as the treasures it celebrates, this lavish volume presents Cartier's timeless designs worn by some of the twentieth century's most legendary figures. It's been one hundred years since the House of Cartier opened its doors on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Since then the luxury jeweler has been creating exquisite brooches, bracelets, tiaras, timepieces, and other items including scent bottles, so-called mystery clocks, and handbags many of them specially commissioned by their illustrious patrons.
About the Author
MARTIN CHAPMAN is curator of European decorative arts and sculpture at Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA, and was formerly curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA. A prolific writer on the decorative arts, Chapman has lectured widely in England, Europe and the United States.
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Chapman comes with a background of curation - for exhibitions at the Legion of Honor and currently for the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.
Beautifully assembled and stunningly photographed pieces fall into an order much like walking through a museum exhibition with a knowledgeable docent.
Viewing includes Cartier Original Designs (I only wish that the names of the actual studio designer were included), Cartier Acquisitions (ie the Taylor Burton Diamond) and Cartier Alterations (as with the Taylor Burton Diamond where they changed the setting from a ring to a pendant). All accompanied by the provenance of each piece.
Brilliant - great for reference, inspiration, dreaming and even coffee table viewing...100% worth every penny!
It is exactly what you want it to be, and then some. All the images are in HQ and full detail. It is a collection made of the best which Cartier has to offer, throughout its glorious history and heritage.
Love cruising this collection.