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The story of Cartier as it has never been told before, from its modest beginnings in Paris to its pre-eminence in the world of fashion


For over a century, Cartier has been synonymous with the finest and most exclusive jewelry in the world. The enduring hallmarks have always been top-quality gems, imaginative and distinctive designs, and the most exquisite workmanship. For tsars and maharajas, European royalty and American super-millionaires, Cartier has been the recognized purveyor of luxury, the epitome of glittering opulence.

In the 1980s Hans Nadelhoffer was granted exclusive access to the Cartier archives, including previously unpublished photographs and designs, to write the history of the Cartier empire. In this new edition, the book, now printed throughout in colour, has been completely redesigned, and many new colour illustrations have been added. Further discoveries made since the original volume was published have been incorporated in the text. This is the authenticated story of Cartier as it has never been told before.

The result is a highly entertaining and illuminating account, in which the career of the house of Cartier is traced from its modest beginnings in Paris to its eventual predominance over the world of fashion. Anecdotal as well as technical and documentary, Hans Nadelhoffer's sumptuous book shows how Cartier has set stylistic modes and standards throughout its years of overwhelming success, and gives full credit to the little-known individuals who helped to bring this about.

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'A magnificent book, full of information presented for the first time in addition to many amusing anecdotes ... essential reading'
Antique Collector

'Exciting ... rich in fascinating, and very often sensational, facts and figures'
Antique Dealer & Collectors Guide

'A sumptuous work of reference or pure fascination for any reader captivated by the Cartier story'
British Jeweller

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Edition Type: New Edition

Size: 30.3 x 22.7 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Publication date: 29 October 2007

ISBN: 9780500513613

Contents List

Introduction • 1. From Apprentice to Court Jeweler • 2. Rue de la Paix 3. The Garland Style • 4. Tiaras • 5. Art Nouveau – Religious Art – the War Years • 6. Under the Spell of Fabergé • 7. In St Petersburg • 8. Pearls • 9. Charles Jacqueau and the Ballets Russes • 10. Pharaohs, sphinxes and pyramids • 11. Les Indes galantes • 12. ‘1925’: the preparation of a style • 13. Vanity Fair: Toilet and cosmetic articles – the Chinese influence – Department ‘S’ • 14. Chimeras, dragons and great cats • 15. The great necklaces – the London workshops – Dealers • 16. ‘The Jeweled Flight of Time’ • 17. Swords for Academicians – Cartier’s Patents – the Second World War • 18. The Great Transactions

About the Author

Hans Nadelhoffer studied Literature and History of Art at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and was for many years jewelry expert for Christie’s auction house in Geneva. He spent three years analysing the Cartier archives in Paris, New York and London, in preparation for this book.

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