The consistency of Cartier’s style is forged by a system of recurring references, emblematic motifs that are found on a whole range of objects and give rise to a large number of variations.
The sources of inspiration which are the foundation of Cartier’s history and heritage are varied, and cannot be explained in one single post.
This is why today I will take you through the Neo-Louis XVI style (my favourite, toghether with Art Nouveau).
Considered as a moment of perfection and a model of balance in French taste and decorative arts, the Louis XVI style is one of the most constant references, notably expressed through the reinterpretation of Marie Antoinette’s intimate world of the Trianon. A reinterpretation which goes beyond the mere revival, to state the brilliance of an era representing the highest in French Classicism.
By elaborating the purest and most balanced architectural forms and lines, and by translating them into jewellery creations, Louis Cartier thus reveals the modernity of Art Nouveau’s abstraction, which the Maison begins designing in those years.
Source material: Cartier: le style et l’histoire, Laurent Salomé, Laure Dalon, published on the occasion of the exhibit organized by the Réunion des Musés Nationaux – Grand Palais: “Cartier: le style et l’histoire” – Grand Palais’ Salon d’Honneur, Paris, from December 4 2014 to February 16 2014.