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Jeweled Splendours of the Art Deco Era

The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection

Princess Catherine Aga Khan, Pierre Rainero, Princess Catherine Aga Khan

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A dazzling showcase of portable luxury for the Jazz Age: bejeweled vanity and cigarette cases, compacts, match boxes, watches, desk clocks, photography frames and more

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One Christmas Eve, Prince Sanruddin Aga Khan gave to his wife a magnificent jeweled box made by Cartier in the 1930s. So began the making of perhaps the most remarkable jewelry collection of a remarkable era for jewelry – and for French jewelry in particular.

In the 1920s and 1930s, smoky night clubs, cocktails, a new acceptance of make up beyond the boudoir, décor for smart apartments and dinner tables, provided a new landscape for the designs of the great jewelry houses of Europe, with Paris as the superstar of cities. The gloom of war was replaced either by an explosion of coloured gemstones and enamel, with bold colour codes of blue, green and orange, or by the simplicity of black, white and gold as risqué black became newly chic. Zen rock gardens, Chinese dragons, Persian birds, Japanese plum blossom or Tutankhamun motifs provided the richest source of global influences in a triumph of hedonistic creativity. How this new world developed, the tastes and skills of its decorative shapers – above all, Cartier – the process of design and making, the rules of feminine elegance are explored by expert authors, with detailed descriptions of over 100 objects by Sarah Davis accompanying them, in a parade of the finest from the single most popular era for all those interested in jewelry and the decorative arts.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 30.4 x 22.7 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 362

Publication date: 6 April 2017

ISBN: 9780500519479

About the Author

Princess Catherine Aga Khan is wife of the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan.

Pierre Rainero is Image, Style and Heritage Director of Cartier.

List of Contributors

Evelyne Possémé, Stephen Harrison, Sarah D. Coffin, Sarah Davis