Cartier and America Opens at Legion of Honor Museum (San Francisco)
for Exclusive Showing Dec. 19, 2009-April 18, 2010.
Cartier and America covers the history of the House of Cartier from its first great successes as the “king of jewelers and jeweler to kings” during the Belle Epoque and into the ‘60s and ‘70s when Cartier supplied celebrities of the day with their jewels and luxury accessories. Derived mainly from the private Cartier Collection housed in Geneva, the spectacular array of more than 200 objects includes jewelry of the Gilded Age and Art Deco periods, as well as freestanding works of art such as the famous Mystery Clocks.
The exhibition, Dec. 19, 2009-April 18, 2010, is exclusive to the Legion of Honor.
Marking Cartier’s 100 years in the United States, the exhibition concentrates on pieces owned by Americans, including a pair of rock crystal and diamond bracelets worn by Gloria Swanson in the movie Sunset Boulevard and the exotic flamingo brooch made for the Duchess of Windsor. Private lenders have contributed significant pieces to the exhibition. For the first time, an American museum will feature the personal jewelry of Princess Grace of Monaco from the time of her wedding to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, in 1956. Lent by H.S.H. Prince Albert II, these pieces include her engagement ring; a diamond necklace and more informal gold brooches. For information visit www.famsf.org