Cartier: The Age of Glamour 1930-1960, by Janet Zapata

Tuesday 28 October 2014 6:00pm - 8:30pmTickets available
Single Lecture: $20, $10 Member, $7 Student Four-part Series: $70, $35 Member, $25 Student. Please purchase tickets for the entire series by calling 202.686.5807.

Location: Visitor Center Theater

Part of: Lectures and Talks, Members', Marjorie Merriweather Post

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This is the final lecture in the four-part Cartier Lecture Series.

Glamour. The word summons up elegant events, stylish gowns, dazzling jewels. Both as an attribute and a state of mind, the term encapsulates a lifestyle enjoyed during the middle third of the twentieth century when glamour reigned supreme. Cartier was at the forefront of jewelry design, introducing innovative jewels that were created for the trendsetters of the day including Her Highness the Begum Aga Khan, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, and Countess Mona Bismarck.  Fashion played a key role in jewelry design with Christian Dior’s “New Look,” which provided ample space for larger jewels to be worn while Hollywood actresses sported the latest designs on screen. It was a time when fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar featured latest styles both in fashion and jewelry.  It was a time of glamour.


Photo: Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection, © Cartier
Photo: Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection, © Cartier
Photo: Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection, © Cartier
Photo: Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection, © Cartier
Photo: Marian Gérard, Cartier Collection, © Cartier


6-6:45 pm        Member reception with the speaker. Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Dazzling Gems and The Mansion open for touring.
7-8 pm             Lecture (seating opens at 6:45 pm)
8-8:30 pm        Book signing for Cartier in the 20th Century


About the Speaker

Janet Zapata is an independent scholar and museum consultant, specializing in jewelry and silver. She received a BA degree in English from Upsala College and an MA in art history from Rutgers University.  She is the author of The Jewelry and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1993); The Art of Zadora America’s Fabergé (1999); The Jeweled Menagerie (2001) and The Jeweled Garden (2006) with Suzanne Tennenbaum; Seaman Schepps: A Century of New York Jewelry Design (2004) with Amanda Vaill; and Symphony of Jewels: The Art of Anna Hu (2012). She contributed to The Legacy of Elma Rumsey Cartier, a catalogue for an exhibition at the Saint Louis University. She contributes frequently to Art & Antiques and The Magazine Antiques

She has curated several exhibitions including Tiffany: 150 Years of Gems and Jewelry at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City;  The Nature of Diamonds, at the American Museum of Natural History, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, Michigan, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto and The Field Museum, Chicago;  The Silver of Tiffany & Co. 1850-1987 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Glitter and the Gold: Fashioning America’s Jewelry at The Newark Museum; Jewels of Time at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New York;  Gems of the East and West: The Doris Duke Jewelry Collection at Rough Point, Newport, Rhode Island; and Capturing the Sublime: The Enamels of Marilyn Druin at The Newark Museum.  

Ms. Zapata was featured on “Tiffany: The Mark of Excellence,” on the A&E Biography series. Ms. Zapata is currently working with the Denver Art Museum on an exhibition and book, Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century.

About the Series

Cartier’s longstanding reputation of exquisite craftsmanship and beauty was solidified with the firm’s embrace of modernity at the turn of the twentieth century. This stunningly illustrated lecture series traces the luxury brand and cosmopolitan clientele—including, of course, Marjorie Merriweather Post—throughout the twentieth century.

Tuesday, October 7: Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems, by Liana Paredes, Hillwood’s Director of Collections and Exhibition Curator

Tuesday, October 14: Cartier and Women of the National Gem Collection, by Jeffrey Post, Geologist - Curator-in-Charge, Mineral Collection, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, October 21: The Rue de la Paix in Paris: The Center of Belle Epoque Luxury, by Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, Hillwood’s Curator of 19th Century Art

Tuesday, October 28: Cartier: The Age of Glamour, 1930-1960, by Janet Zapata, independent jewelry historian


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