Cartier et les Arts de l'Islam
Author : Heather Ecker, Judith Henon-Raynaud, Évelyne Possémé et Sarah Schleuning.
Founded in 1847, Cartier initially specialised in the sale of
specialised in the sale of jewellery and objets d'art. In
the first decades of the 20th century, it began to design its own
In the first decades of the 20th century, it began to design its own jewellery and the grandsons of the founder,
Louis and Jacques, looked for new sources of inspiration.
of inspiration. Their discovery of the arts of Islam at
exhibitions held in Paris and Munich in 1903 and 1910
Munich in 1903 and 1910 played a significant role in the birth of a renewed
the birth of a renewed aesthetic, marked by
of modernity. In search of precious stones and pearls,
Jacques Cartier travelled to India where he collected ancient and
and contemporary jewellery, to sell them as they were, to be inspired by them
to resell them as is, to draw inspiration from them or to recompose them into new creations.
Masterpieces of Islamic art, drawings, books of ornaments
and architectural books, photographs and archival
and archival documents take us into the creative process
the creative process in search of the original sources of inspiration
for the jewellery and objects of the House of Cartier.