15 November 2016

Jade at the Guimet Museum

This exhibition tracing the history of jade, gathers together some 330 pieces of which one third comes from the Taipei Museum. The Art Deco section is mainly devoted to Cartier and is evidence of the phenomenal influence of China found within the clocks, toiletry sets, cigarette cases and brooches made from sculpted objects dating from the eighteenth or nineteenth century. The most spectacular piece and one of inestimable value is Barbara Hutton’s necklace made in 1934 from 27 beads of imperial jade (the greenest, the most beautiful) that perfectly match each other as they are cut from the same piece.

Jade, from Emperors to Art Deco“, until January 16th, 2017

  • Cartier Paris, 1934 - Necklace made of 27 jadeite beads - Marian Gérard, Cartier Collection © Cartier

  • Barbara Hutton wearing her jadeite necklace made by Cartier - 1933

  • Cartier Paris, 1929 - Watch set in a Chinese jade seal featuring a Buddhist lion figure (19th century) - Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier

  • Cartier Paris, 1925 - "Carp" clock. The jade carps are Chinese in origin, dating from the 19th century - Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier

  • Louis Cartier and Maurice Coüet, Paris, 1927 - Clock (back) made of white jade - Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris / Jean Tholance

  • "Jade, from Emperors to Art Deco" - Exhibition poster

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