Assouline Creates the Panthère from Cartier Book

Assouline Creates the Panthère from Cartier Book

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Jewelry books are too often a disappointment. The new Cartier Panthère book, published by Assouline as Cartier celebrates 100 years of its iconic big cat motif, is the opposite of that.
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“This is a truly elegant, surprising, and unique book, completely devoted to this iconic creation,” says Laurent Feniou, Cartier’s MD in the UK.
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Cartier may be able to pinpoint the debut of the panther in its designs to 1914, but it was really Jeanne Toussaint, who joined the maison in 1918 as an accessories designer before becoming creative director of jewelry in 1933, who took the panther motif and ran with it. In fact, she got on the feline’s back and rode it hell for leather into the jungle.
Assouline Creates the Panthère from Cartier Book
This will sound like hyperbole but this book really is a trove of wonderment – and more of an art and cultural history book than a catalogue of jewels. There is a fascinating opening chapter on ‘The Panther in Art’ by art historian Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter, looking at depictions of the animal in everything from 30,000-year-old cave paintings to Pink Panther by contemporary artist Jeff Koons.
Assouline Creates the Panthère from Cartier Book
Unrivaled jewelry historian and author Vivienne Becker unravels the panther’s role in Cartier’s history, dipping in and out of some of the most fascinating tales of panther-centric commissions.
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Jewelry specialist Joanna Hardy looks into the most interesting aspects of the actual creation of panther jewels, while fashion editor André Leon Talley investigates the panther’s role as a cultural icon.
Assouline Creates the Panthère from Cartier Book
And the whole thing is beautifully, lusciously illustrated. There are jewels galore, yes, but also page after page of archival sketches, 19th century paintings, sculpture, 1960s supermodels on the cover of Vogue, and film stars.
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Cartier Panthère is not just for jewelry lovers – it’s for animal lovers, francophiles, art buffs, and lovers of beautiful things.
 
Assouline Creates the Panthère from Cartier Book
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