Cartier release "Cartier in the 20th Century," a 272-page hardcover coffee table book on their extensive range of fine jewelry and other accessories dating from 1900 to 1975. With black-and-white vintage and color photography from Conde Nast and their own archives, the book is an extremely in-depth but digestible display of Cartier's rich history.
Featured alongside high-definition photographs are detailed text explanations, scans of original sketches of their iconic nail and panther jewelry, and much more. Close-ups of Cartier's masterful play with precious metals, stones and leather are showcased as well as portraits of legendary figures related to the brand, from royalty like the Queen of Romania, Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Princess Grace of Monaco, to socialites and artists like Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Taylor.
There are full chapters dedicated to: Cartier's cultural influences from India, Egypt, Japan, China, and the world of Islam; their smoking accessories like cigarette cutters, cases, lighters, and even ashtrays; timepieces, from desk clocks to wrist watches; and the jewelry maker's foray into desk sets, pens and other stationery.
For anyone who appreciates good, hardbound books, exquisite photography, heritage, and all that has to do with fashion culture, "Cartier in the 20th Century" is an easy buy. Get the book here.
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