GRAND PALAIS, SALON D’HONNEUR, PARIS
From the Great Mughals to the Maharajahs: Jewels from the Al Thani Collection
Exhibition runs 29 March – 5 June 2017
Three years on from the retrospective exhibition Cartier: Style and History, Cartier returned to the Grand Palais with a new exhibition that told the story of Indian court jewellery from the 16th century to the present day.
The immersive and lavishly designed exhibition presented 270 pieces from the Al Thani Collection in addition to loans from institutions and privately held collections. The Cartier Collection has loaned three important pieces: the Maharajah of Patiala’s ceremonial necklace (which had been recently reassembled), the Tutti Frutti necklace that belonged to Daisy Fellowes, and the “Eye of the Tiger” turban ornament designed in 1937 for the Maharajah of Nawanagar. Exhibits loaned from the Al Thani Collection and the Cartier Collection alike illustrated the Maison’s flair for interpreting Indian inspiration with panache, to ultimately incorporate Indian influences into its signature style.
The Cartier Collection additionally featured in the Jardins (Gardens) exhibition, also at Grand Palais.