Culture: Cartier Beyond Boundaries, Beijing

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Art Deco lamps at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Art Deco lamps at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

I was fortunate enough to go to Beijing on a spontaneous trip to catch the exhibition. I had just been to the fabulous Art Deco exhibition at Hong Kong City U celebrating the France- China connection. There were plenty of overlaps as many pieces of jewellery, accessories by Cartier from the belle époque of the roaring 1920s and 1930s were featured in both exhibitions.

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Art Deco is my favourite era of design. The term originated after the 1925 World Expo in Paris and I looked up what happened to the first Chinese Art Deco architect Liu Jipiao, who spent the later years of his life in the US running a laundromat and chicken farm, leaving China during the turbulent years.

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So,  more about Cartier: Beyond Boundaries at the Forbidden City. (photos below) We were so lucky with the beautiful weather in Beijing, sunny blue skies and with the crowd control and tickets I purchased in advance. At the Beyond Boundaries exhibition, tribute was paid to the in-house creative director Jeanne Toussaint, also the lady who inspired Cartier’s iconic panther collection.

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Check out this Russian ballerina dress in the early 1900s and all the beautiful Chinese motifs that inspired Cartier’s jewellery and accessories.

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