EXHIBITION – Paris exhibition presents Islamic art influences on Cartier high jewellery

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By David Brough

PARIS – An exhibition near the Louvre in Paris running into next year showcases Islamic art influences on Cartier high jewellery and precious object designs since the early days of the maison.

From October 21st, 2021 to February 20th, 2022, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris presents ‘Cartier et les arts de l’Islam. Aux sources de la modernité’, co-organized by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and the Dallas Museum of Art, thanks to a collaboration with the musée du Louvre and the support of Cartier.

Cartier, Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Picture credits: Cartier, Musée des Arts Décoratifs

This exhibition shows the influence of Islamic Art on the high jewellery of Maison Cartier in its design of jewellery and precious objects from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.

Cartier, Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Picture credits: Cartier, Musée des Arts Décoratifs

More than 500 pieces including jewellery and objects from Cartier, masterpieces of Islamic art, drawings, books, photographs and archival documents, trace the origins of the jeweller’s interest in Oriental motifs.

Portrait of Nasir al--Din Shah

Portrait of Nasir al–Din Shah

Picture credit: Cartier, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, musée du Louvre

The exhibition explores the origins of this influence through the Parisian cultural context and the figures of Louis and Jacques Cartier, two of the founder’s grandsons, who played a major role in creating a new aesthetic suffused with modernity.