Cartier: Islamic Inspiration and Modern Design


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Jewellery and Islamic art, the interweaving of masterpieces

The book explores the influence of Islamic art on the production of jewelry and precious objects by Cartier, from the early 20th century to the present day. Jewellery and objects from the Cartier collection, masterpieces of Islamic art, drawings, books, photographs and archival documents trace the diversity of sources that inspired the forms and motifs used in Cartier creations. Sometimes easily identifiable, at other times decomposed and recomposed to the point of rendering their source untraceable, motifs and forms from Islamic art and architecture have integrated the stylistic language of designers to the point of constituting part of Cartier’s repertoire to this day, illustrated by contemporary jewelry pieces that complete this journey. The mandorlas, palmettes, fleurons, rinceaux, sequins of Cartier jewelry are inspired in turn by motifs found in book bindings, oriental architecture and antique and contemporary jewelry purchased by Jacques Cartier during his expeditions to India. A true immersion in Cartier’s creative process, this book documents the renewal of the iconic jewelry house’s forms and manufacturing techniques.

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Weight 1416 g
Dimensions 22.3 x 28.5 cm
Publisher name Editions Skira Paris
Publication date 30 April 2024
Number of pages 248
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Evelyne Possémé and Judith Hénon-Raynaud
Dimensions 22.3 x 28.5 cm
Weight 1416 g


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Evelyne Possémé, Honorary Chief Curator of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, formerly Chief Curator of the Department of Ancient and Modern Jewelry at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Judith Hénon-Raynaud, curator and assistant to the director of the Department of Islamic Art at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.