Leading the precious Cartier menagerie, the effortlessly elegant Panther has prowled its way through Cartier’s rich repertoire of jewels and objects for over a century. It now has an anniversary book.
In 1914, Louis Cartier meets the handbags designer for the fashionable elite Jeanne Toussaint and nicknames her La Panthère, because of her fierce determination and mental agility as much as for her tiger fur coat she was the first to wear and the leopard skins that decorated her apartment. While becoming her lover and creative director of the brand, she brought the big cat to life, transforming it from an ornament into a 20th-century cultural icon.
The iconic feline has now a chic book : the “Cartier Panthère” book edited by Assouline, the high-end publisher.
In 300 pages and 150 illustrations, this beautiful volume by Art historian and archaeologist Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter, Jewellery historian Vivienne Becker, Fashion editor André Leon Talley, and jewellery expert Joanna Hardy illustrates the wild animal throughout art history and popular culture and traces its creative evolution in jewellery.
We love to discover :
- The rarely seen preparatory drawings from the Cartier archives to the most recent haute joaillerie creations unveiled at the 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris
- The technical expertise behind Cartier’s exquisite Panther jewellery displayed
- The anecdotes of legendary Cartier personalities and muses, from Jeanne Toussaint to Barbara Hutton, Daisy Fellowes, María Félix and the Duchess of Windsor.
More than a mere symbol for Cartier, the Panther is a timeless icon that is free, fast-moving, powerful and with a magnetic elegance. Roaming free with emerald eyes and diamond-set coat, the book is a delight for all the jewellery lovers and a vibrant homage to 100 years of Cartier Panther jewellery creations.