S.-PETERSBURG, February 21 – RIA Novosti. An exhibition featuring masterpieces of decorative and applied art from the collection of the State Hermitage and jewelry from the collection of the French jewelry house Cartier has opened in St. Petersburg.
The exhibition “Cartier: Continuing the History. Masterpieces of Decorative and Applied Art of the Hermitage and the Jewelry Heritage of the House of Cartier” is dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the joint restoration project of the Hermitage and the House of Cartier.
Employees of the Laboratory for the Restoration of Precious and Archaeological Metals of the Department of Scientific Restoration and Conservation of the Hermitage, with the support of Cartier, have restored five unique pieces of decorative and applied art of the 10th-19th centuries from the museum's collection.
“This exhibition is about poetry, jewelry, the mysticism of jewelry … This is all this exhibition, which is also invented in an extraordinary way. I am very grateful for the idea to combine here things from the historical collection of Cartier and the masterpieces of the Hermitage collection of jewelry. This year 120 years of the Cartier house and five years of our brilliant project – Cartier's participation in the restoration of items from the State Hermitage's treasury gallery, “said Mikhail Piotrovsky, General Director of the Hermitage, at the opening of the exhibition.
At the exhibition in the Picket Hall, next to the restored masterpieces of the Hermitage's jewelry art, 35 pieces of jewelry from the historical Cartier Collection are presented, selected according to the principle of common material and style.
For example, here is a restored gold aroma from the treasury of the Great Mughals, inlaid with diamonds, emeralds and rubies. The vessel was brought to St. Petersburg in 1741.
On display, he is surrounded by Cartier jewelry with oriental motifs, including an Indian-style necklace of 18 ruby and diamond plaques strung with 360 pearls in five strands.
Also on display is a crystal lamp created by Arab craftsmen in the 10th century and later decorated by Italian Renaissance jewelers. At the exhibition, a crystal lamp is complemented by works by French jewelers. 1 of 2 Exhibit at an exhibition dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the joint restoration project of the State Hermitage Museum and the French Jewelry House Cartier 2 of 2 Exhibit of the exhibition dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the joint restoration project of the State Hermitage and the French Jewelry House Cartier
In 2018, Jadwiga Jagiellonka's casket, created in the 16th century in Nuremberg, was restored. Various jewelry techniques are used in the design of the casket. Shown here is a cameo, framed in gold, created in 1860, a period sometimes called “Cartier before Cartier”. The emeralds, sapphires and rubies of the 1945 gold bracelet are reminiscent of Byzantine art. Alexander II's field marshal's baton, decorated with enamels, inlaid with diamonds and emeralds, made in 1878-1879, was restored in 2019. The badge of honor is accompanied by precious Cartier items associated with state symbols and military triumphs of Russia and France.
“A dialogue of cultures was formed here. A museum is a place for a dialogue of cultures … It is a dialogue between classical masterpieces of different eras – oriental jewelry, Western and 20th century art, modern classical art. This dialogue is very beautiful and very instructive. At the same time, the dialogue turns out not only things, but also design … Modern ideas about beauty echo the classical representations in the imperial palace “, – said Piotrovsky.
“For the entire Cartier team in Russia, this project is very important … With this 5-year project we have lived our own process of cultural identification. For us, to have the opportunity to touch the heritage and heritage of the Hermitage, of course, a gift and great happiness … Culture and art have always been are closely linked to the history of the Cartier house and have always been the main source of inspiration for us, “said Yanina Novitskaya, Managing Director of Cartier in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS.
The exhibition “Cartier: Continuing the History. Masterpieces of Decorative and Applied Art of the Hermitage and the Jewelry Heritage of the House of Cartier” will be open to visitors until 18 April 2021.