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A New Exhibition Will Explore Islamic Influences on Cartier Designs

Events & AwardsMay 03, 2021

A New Exhibition Will Explore Islamic Influences on Cartier Designs

“Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity” will travel to Dallas next year after debuting in Paris this fall.

A Cartier Paris bandeau, circa 1923, made with platinum and diamonds as a special order for Madame Ossa Ross. From the Cartier Collection. (Nils Herrmann, Collection Cartier, © Cartier)
Dallas—Two well-known museums are partnering with Maison Cartier to explore the influence of Islamic art and culture on the house’s designs.

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) in Paris have released the first details of “Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity” for later this year.

The exhibition will trace how the brand’s designers adapted forms and techniques from Islamic art, architecture, and jewelry—as well as materials from India, Iran and other areas—into a modern language unique to Cartier via their jewelry and object designs from the early 20th century to the present day.

It will comprise 400 objects from Cartier, MAD, the Department of Islamic Arts at the Louvre Museum, the Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the DMA, and other major collections.

At left is a special-order Cartier London tiara circa 1936, made with platinum, diamonds, and turquoise, sold to the Honorable Robert Henry Brand (Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection, © Cartier), and at right is a Cartier Paris vanity case circa 1924, made with gold, platinum, parquetry of mother-of-pearl, turquoise, emeralds, pearls, diamonds, and black and cream enamel (Nils Herrmann, Cartier Collection, © Cartier)
At left is a special-order Cartier London tiara circa 1936, made with platinum, diamonds, and turquoise, sold to the Honorable Robert Henry Brand (Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection, © Cartier), and at right is a Cartier Paris vanity case circa 1924, made with gold, platinum, parquetry of mother-of-pearl, turquoise, emeralds, pearls, diamonds, and black and cream enamel (Nils Herrmann, Cartier Collection, © Cartier)


The exhibition will be held first at MAD in Paris, from Oct. 21, 2021 to Feb. 20, 2022, followed by the exhibition at the DMA from May 14-Sept. 18, 2022, the only North American venue for the event. 

“Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity” is co-curated by Dr. Heather Ecker, The Marguerite S. Hoffman and Thomas W. Lentz, curator of Islamic and medieval art at the DMA; Sarah Schleuning, the DMA’s interim chief curator and The Margot B. Perot senior curator of decorative arts and design; Évelyne Possémé, chief curator of ancient and modern jewelry at MAD Paris; and Judith Hénon, curator and deputy director of the Department of Islamic Art at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. 

More information will be released at a later date. 

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Brecken Branstratoris the senior editor, gemstones at National Jeweler, covering sourcing, pricing and other developments in the colored stone sector.

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