A visual celebration of jeweled masterworks from Paris in the Art Deco era
In the 1920s and 1930s, the mechanical purity of the machine age and striking contrasts of line, color, and material were reflected in objects for a new lifestyle. Smoky nightclubs, cocktails, décor for chic apartments, and dinner tables: all provided a new landscape for the designs of the great jewelry houses of Europe, with Paris as the superstar of cities. The gloom of war was replaced by an explosion of color or newly chic, risqué black, white, and gold. Zen rock gardens, Persian birds, or Tutankhamun motifs provided global influences in a triumph of creativity.
How this new world developed, the tastes and skills of its decorative shapers including Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Boucheron, but above all, Cartier as well as the process of design and making and the rules of feminine elegance are explored by expert authors. Detailed descriptions of over one hundred pieces accompany a parade of the finest, all specially photographed for this publication.
About the Author
Princess Catherine Aga Khan, together with her late husband Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, amassed one of the finest private collections of art in the world.
Pierre Rainero is image, style, and heritage director of Cartier.
Evelyn Possémé is chief curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and antique and modern jewelry department.
Stephen Harrison is curator of decorative arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Sarah D. Coffin is curator and head of product design and decorative arts at Cooper Hewitt, New York.
Sarah Davis is a specialist in jewelry history and editor for the American Society of Jewelry Historians.
An elegant offering filled with jeweled works beyond compare... This entire book is a feast for the eyes with images of intricate inlay, bright colors, and inventive design. Photographer Doug Rosa does a magnificent job of presenting some gorgeous vanity cases, cigarette cases, and miscellaneous objects from the 1920s and 1930s...art deco period.-- (06/01/2017)
Virtually impossible to put down. A 'feast for the eyes'...for any art collector or connoisseur of the jeweler's art. The works pictured are breathtaking in their craftsmanship, their ingenuity, and their astonishing use of color. Each image is clear and crisp, as if you could touch the object. This is a book to return to again and again, a book to treasure. It is a deeply satisfying opportunity to examine, close up, a noteworthy collection.-- (01/31/2018)