Get the Scoop on Cartier in the Lavishly Illustrated Brilliant Catalog

Get the Scoop on Cartier in the Lavishly Illustrated Brilliant Catalog

Cartier in the 20th Century is the sumptuous*, glamorous** catalog that accompanies the Brilliant exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. Filled with amazing archival photographs of royals, socialites, and celebrities (including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, and Coloradan Evalyn Walsh Mclean) and scores of precious objects, it presents a meticulously selected overview of Cartier's contribution to twentieth-century design and culture.

Drawing extensively from the rich holdings of the Cartier collection and archive, it features an array of rings, bracelets, necklaces and tiaras, cocktail and smoking accessories, mystery clocks, and lavish gifts exchanged by movie stars and maharajas, all created by Cartier's ateliers in Paris, London, and New York.

Necklace worn by Elizabeth Taylor. Cartier Paris, 1951, altered in 1953. Platinum, diamonds, rubies; Length 37.5 cm. Cartier Collection. Photos: Marian Gérard, Cartier Collection © Cartier. Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier.
Organized thematically, the book features the refined jewelry embraced during the Gilded Age; the bold color and geometry of Art Deco jewelry; exotic tutti frutti jewelry and fabulously eclectic mystery clocks; elegant smoking accessories for fashionable men and women; wristwatches and other handsome items that appealed to men, and much more.

Available at The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online. See why The Denver Post picked it as one of their favorite books of the year.

*The Chicago Tribune

**Associated Press

Hindu necklace Cartier Paris, special order, 1936, altered in 1963. Platinum; white gold; marquise-, baguette-, and round old-cut diamonds; carved sapphires, sapphire beads, and a sapphire cabochon; carved emeralds, emerald beads, and emerald cabochons; carved rubies, ruby beads, and ruby cabochons. Length 43 cm open. Cartier Collection NE 28 A36. Made for Daisy Fellowes. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier:

Laurel leaf tiara Cartier Paris, 1907. Platinum, diamonds. Mille grain setting, 19 × 6 cm. Qatar Museums Authority.

Carleen Brice edits the blog and On & Off the Wall, the member magazine for the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. She recommends visitors don't miss the touchable Ganesha statue on level 2 of the Hamilton Building.

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