Cartier archives are now kept in separate archives in Paris, London and New York. These business archives are constantly updated, detailing Cartier’s creative process from the beginning to the present day.
Cartier Account Book
Cartier sales books
Cartier design sketches and plaster molds
The Cartier Archive is made up of business data from four different sources:
Incoming record book-record the details of the newly purchased works (color, texture-carved or unengraved-the size and weight of the gem, etc., are carefully and thoroughly recorded here);
Order Record Book-Customer’s commissioned order record;
Sales list-updated daily to record the daily business of the boutique;
Customer File Book-Records details of each transaction.
This systematic file management mechanism accurately records Cartier’s business details.
地 Since 1899, Cartier has been stationed on the Peace Street in Paris and has never stopped. Therefore, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, the archives of Paris have been extremely well-preserved, with almost no omissions.
In addition to all kinds of documentary records, Cartier Archives also holds a large number of negatives, spanning the entire history of photography. Since 1906, Cartier’s Photography Studio has systematically taken large-scale photos of each kind of work. Cartier’s Paris archives contain approximately 40,000 negatives, including 50 Outokrom microparticle color screen dry plates (the earliest color photo negatives) and more than 30,000 gelatin silver bromide glass dry plates. These constantly updated photo albums allow us today to visually witness Cartier’s carefully kept work records.
The Cartier Archive also has a large collection of large-scale hand-drawn drawings, including sketches and production drawings. These collections are important documents that document the creative process.
钢笔 ‘Creative’ sketches drawn with pens are kept in binders, and external inspiration-usually architectural works-are collected on inspiration boards. The production drawing sent to the workshop is the same front view as the real thing (rarely a perspective view). Cartier’s designs are mostly drawn on tracing paper with gouache and watercolor techniques, and then the graphite pencil is used to outline the structure of the jewelry work. This method is mostly used to beautify and modify the work in order to balance the light and the volume of the work. With the change of design trends, the style of drawings also evolved, from pure decorative style in the early 20th century to gouache in the 1930s; in the 1920s, more free color combinations were preferred. Expressionist painting inspired by nature.
The Paris Archive also houses one of Cartier’s workshops’ most complete testimony: Cartier’s unique three-dimensional plaster model made between 1905 and 1915.
Jeweler’s job is mainly a team collaboration, with a designer as the director, responsible for creative inspiration and supervision of production. This can be done from the initials LC of Louis Cartier (LC) and the words A Ex. (From French ‘à exécuter’, meaning ‘making’) signed by Jeanne Toussaint figure it out.
The Cartier Archive provides detailed records of brand history, including countless documents, invitations, advertisements, photo albums compiled by designers, and a large number of business correspondence and travel diaries. These well-preserved archives are the strongest evidence of the creative dynamism that Cartier has shown since the very beginning.
Cartier Paris Archives, 13 Peace Street, Paris
Cartier London Archives, New Bond Street, London
Cartier New York Archives, Fifth Avenue, New York
Cartier’s ‘Grand Livre’ with Important Guest Works
Use reverse film to document the design of fine jewelry
Garland Style Brooch Plaster Mold
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