GRAND PALAIS, GALERIES NATIONALES, PARIS
From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from the Al Thani Collection
Exhibition from March 29 through June 5, 2017
Three years after the Cartier retrospective Cartier, Style and History, the Cartier Collection was once again invited to the Grand Palais for an exhibition, which Cartier was also sponsoring.
Featuring over 270 pieces from the Al Thani Collection and loans from institutions and private collections, this exhibition presented the history of Indian court jewels from the 16th century to today in a splendid immersive setting. On this occasion, the Cartier Collection was lending three of its major pieces: the Maharaja of Patiala's legendary ceremonial set, and Daisy Fellowes' Tutti Frutti necklace. Also not to be missed was the turban ornament designed in 1937 for the Maharaja of Nawanagar called "The Tiger Eye". This focus on Cartier's Indian-inspired jewels, whether they are from the Al Thani Collection or the Cartier Collection, showed how the Maison has brought its iconic creative touch to this influence, which has become an essential part of its stylistic identity.
The Cartier Collection was also on view at the Grand Palais in the exhibition Jardins (Gardens).