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Cartier: Jeweller of Genius Judy Rudoe Wednesday 28 February 2018

The period 1900- 1939 saw some of Cartier's most original and imaginative design - from their pioneering diamond and platinum jewellery of around 1900 to the fascination with exotic influences and the bold geometric designs of the interwar years with their unrivalled brilliance of conception and craftsmanship. This talk given by the organiser of the exhibition Cartier 1900-1939 shown at the British Museum in 1997-8 reveals not only the genius behind Cartier's luxurious jewels, but also the firm's celebrity clientele, from the royal heads of Europe to Indian maharajahs, American heiresses and stars of film and stage.

Judy Rudoe has worked at the British Museum since 1974, specialising in jewellery, together with 19th and 20th century decoratrive arts. She is co-author of the two-volume Catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift of Jewellery to the British Museum (1984). She organised the exhibition Cartier 1900-1939 at the British Museum in 1997 and wrote the accompanying catalogue. Her latest book, Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: a mirror to the world (2010), co-authored with Charlotte Gere, won the 2011 William Berger Prize for British Art History. Judy is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company, a Felow of the Society of Antiquaries and has been a NADFAS lecturer since 1988.