Book Review: ‘Cartier Magician: High Jewelry And Precious Objects’
Cartier Magician: High Jewelry and Precious Objects is a book is dedicated to a new collection of high jewelry and precious objects called Cartier Magicien.
It is a stunningly illustrated book printed on equally beautiful, glossy paper – paper that is a true joy to touch, paper that showcases the high-resolution photos printed on it as if they had always been there and never intend to leave.
The book celebrates the legendary maison’s unique ability to bring inanimate objects to a shiny, sparkly, festive life. These pieces and the descriptions of them reveal a magical universe where the creativity of the master jeweler and watchmaker combine their talents to create veritable works of art.
“The Magic of Light” chapter begins at the end of the nineteenth century with Louis Cartier, a descendant of his high-society family with a passion for the beauty and craft of jewelry. The reason the story starts there is Louis’s quest to bring platinum to Cartier jewelry, and the explanation is riveting!
“The Magic of Design” chapter illustrates the importance of three-dimensional op-art as it figures into Cartier’s virtuosity – including the famous Mystery Clocks, but in also scintillating diamond creations and the incredibly lifelike pieces from the animal collections.
The animals are where the final chapter, “The Magic of Reality,” picks up. And it is here that Jeanne Toussaint makes an appearance. See Why Is The Panther Cartier’s Pet Animal? Thank Jeanne Toussaint for a full explanation of her role in Cartier’s creativity and longevity.
Cartier weaves its magic into every jewel and every object shown in this book – which captures it all. It’s truly enchanting.
François Chaille is an historian of art and decorative arts. He has already authored a number of large, glossy coffee table books for Flammarion and several books on the subject of Cartier. The example I read was in English, translated by a Deke Dusinberre. A quick online search explained to me that Dusinberre is a bilingual American literary translator who lives in Paris. The translation of this book reflects all of that; it is done so beautifully.
For more information and to purchase this book: www.amazon.com/Cartier-Magician-Precious-Magicien-Collection.
Author: François Chaille
Languages: English and French
Illustrations: 215 in color
Price: $125 / €95