D ECO R AT I V E A RTS
Masterworks of the modern jeweler’s art from the Art Deco era. Pierre Rainero is Image, Style and Heritage Director of Cartier. Évelyne Possémé is Chief Curator, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and the author of Art Deco Jewelry and Flora (see p.28). Stephen Harrison is Curator of Decorative Arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Sarah D. Coffin is Curator and Head of Product Design and Decorative Arts at CooperHewitt, New York. Sarah Davis is a specialist in jewelry history.
362 illustrations 30.5 x 22.9 cm 256pp hardback ISBN 978 0 500 519479 April £45.00
Jeweled Splendours of the Art Deco Era The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection
Foreword by Princess Catherine Aga Khan Introduction by Pierre Rainero • Essays by Évelyne Possémé, Stephen Harrison and Sarah D. Coffin • Catalogue Texts by Sarah Davis One Christmas Eve, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan gave his wife, Princess Catherine, an exquisite jeweled box made by Cartier around 1930, thus starting a magnificent collection of objects created in the Art Deco era by jewelers, at a time when the jeweler’s art was at the height of beauty and creativity. The innovative luxuries in this book – bejeweled vanity and cigarette cases, timepieces, jewelry, and a photograph frame – take their inspiration from varied sources. Smoky nightclubs and exotically decorated apartments provided a new landscape for the designs of the great jewelry houses of Europe and America, with the most coveted pieces from Paris. Expert authors explore this new artistic world by considering the exotic influences of the most important jewelers – including Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Boucheron, Lacloche Frères and Cartier – as well as the process of design and making, and the impact of changing femininity. Well over 100 pieces are accompanied by detailed descriptions and have been specially photographed for this book by the renowned photographer Doug Rosa. This collection from the most important period in the history of jewelry and the decorative arts is unsurpassed in quality and is beautifully presented with a wealth of context and detail.