Denver—Britain’s King Edward VII once referred to Cartier as “the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers.”
A glimpse of what gave Cartier a clout to deserve such praise from the monarch will be visible later this year at a world-exclusive exhibition at the Denver Art Museum (DAM).
The Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century exhibit will feature jewelry, timepieces, and decorative objects produced between 1900 and 1975. This exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical events pushing the brand’s evolution—as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxurious accessories.
Aristocrats, Royalty, Luminaries
Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century brings together a spectacular assortment of Cartier’s greatest works, including pieces owned by Princess Grace, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, J. P. Morgan, and the Aga Khan, among other aristocrats, royalty, and international luminaries.
The immersive installation will be designed by Nathalie Crinière, exhibition designer for the DAM’s 2012 exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective. Besides examples of Cartier’s finest jewelry work, there will also be a selection of original preparatory drawings alongside historic photographs and film clips, advertising materials, and movie stills to help tell the Cartier story. In addition to items loaned by the Cartier Collection, the exhibition will include loans from museums and private collections in the United States and Europe. A fully illustrated publication accompanying the show will be available at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum.
The exhibition is scheduled to run from Nov.16 to March 15, 2015. Tickets will be available for sale later this year.