This major exhibition traces Islamic art’s influence on the objects created by Louis Cartier and the designers of the great French jewelry Maison from the early 20th century to today. The exhibition explores how Cartier’s designers adapted forms and techniques from Islamic art, architecture, and jewelry, as well as materials from India, Iran and the Arab lands, synthesizing them into a modern stylistic language unique to the house of Cartier.
Co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Museé des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, in partnership with the Maison Cartier, Cartier and Islamic Art presents over 400 objects from major international collections, including the Department of Islamic Arts at the Louvre Museum and the Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art.
Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity is co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and in collaboration with Cartier and the Musée du Louvre. The Presenting Sponsor for this exhibition is PNC Bank. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.
Images: Tiara, Cartier London, special order, 1936. Platinum, diamonds, turquoise. Sold to The Honorable Robert Henry Brand. Cartier Collection. Vincent Wulveryck, Collection Cartier © Cartier; Bib necklace, Cartier Paris, special order, 1947. Twisted 18-karat and 20-karat gold, platinum, brilliant- and baguette-cut diamonds, one heart-shaped faceted amethyst, twenty-seven emerald-cut amethysts, one oval faceted amethyst, turquoise cabochons. Nils Herrmann, Collection Cartier © Cartier; Vanity case, Cartier Paris, 1924. Gold, platinum, parquetry of mother-of-pearl and turquoise, emeralds, pearls, diamonds, black and cream enamel. Cartier Collection. Nils Herrmann, Cartier Collection © Cartier; Bandeau, Cartier Paris, special order, 1923. Platinum, diamonds. Made as a special order for Madame Ossa Ross. Cartier Collection. Nils Herrmann, Collection Cartier © Cartier; Ewer, late 10th-early 11th century, rock crystal, with enameled gold repairs and fittings by Jean-Valentin Morel (1794-1860), French, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.1.A-B; Flask, c. 1025, rock crystal, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.102