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The Cartiers by Francesca Cartier Brickell
Nov 26, 2019 | ISBN 9780525621614
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“Four generations of genius, glamour, and ambition are laid bare in Francesca Cartier Brickell’s behind-the-scenes account of the Cartier family. Part social history, part affectionate memoir, The Cartiers is a pleasurable stroll through the glittering byways of a more elegant age.”—Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author of A World on Fire
“Francesca Cartier Brickell skillfully traces her family’s astounding history through the contents of a weathered suitcase found in her grandfather’s cellar. The result is a fascinating account of the Cartier brothers and the creation of this iconic and enduring luxury brand.”—André Leon Talley, bestselling author of A.L.T.: A Memoir
The Cartiers is the sparkling saga of one of the globe’s most iconic jewelry dynasties, beautifully recounted by a direct descendant of the company’s founders. With her insider’s understanding of the family business, a historian’s precision, and a novelist’s keen eye for personal detail, Francesca Cartier Brickell has created a seeming contradiction: an epic yet personal chronicle.”—Rhonda K. Garelick, author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History
“Francesca Cartier Brickell’s deeply researched and highly energetic book brings to life a family of creativity and whimsy, their dazzling list of wealthy clients of nobility and celebrity, and an all-star team of designers and craftsmen. The Cartiers shows how the family firm not only created a time and place in history, but how they also helped shape the modern world of luxury.”—Bill Dedman, bestselling author of Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
“A telling social history of the first half of the 20th century in Paris, London, and New York, all through the lens of luxury and all that it entails . . . While the diamonds, emeralds and sapphires are indeed stunning, it is the Cartier family characters who steal the show in this gem of a book.”—Sonia Purnell, bestselling author of A Woman of No Importance

“Francesca Cartier Brickell—Louis-François’s great-great-great-granddaughter—has drawn on a forgotten cache of family correspondence to string together a dynamic group biography studded with design history and high-society dash. . . . Her meticulous, elegantly wrought narrative bears the Cartier hallmark.”
The Economist

“[Brickell’s grandfather’s] accounts are the beating heart of The Cartiers, elevating this from a company story to a human story—one even the unadorned will read with pleasure.”
The New York Times Book Review
“[The Cartiers] explains the Cartier magic as something to do with a subtle mix of old and new, timeless elegance and hints of Parisian style. Ms. Cartier Brickell has done her grandfather proud.”
The Wall Street Journal
“[A] hard-to-put-down account of the generations of the Cartiers and the famed jewels of the global dynasty.”
“Artfully documented . . . The story of the Cartier family is the story of wealth creation in the 19th and 20th centuries as it moved in waves from country to country. . . . Brickell, the granddaughter of Jean-Jacques, has no discernible nostalgia for the lost business, and as a result the book’s real value comes as a chronicle of the global vicissitudes of extreme wealth.”
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Harper’s Bazaar
“A thoroughly researched and enjoyable family business history that should appeal to history buffs and lovers of high-end fashion and jewelry alike.”
Library Journal
“In glittering . . .  prose, Francesca Cartier Brickell excavates lost family archives and shares with us how three brothers turned a small Parisian ship into a worldwide icon of love and luxury. Part family story, part jewelry-lover’s dream, part history—this gem . . .  of a book will have a little something for everyone.”
“[A] fascinating history written by a scion of Louis-Francçois Cartier . . . With diplomacy, artistry, originality, and a clear love of their work, the saga of the three Cartier brothers and their descendants is as lush as their jewels.”
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“This is an incredible monograph that chronicles the rise and family dynamics of one of the most prestigious and internationally known jewelry brands linked to the family that built it ‘“brick by brick”.’ Ms. Brickell . . .  proffers a very detailed and somewhat intimate story of the Cartiers. . . . wWhether she is writing about the ascension of the brand or the way in which it created its signatures, the author conveys a sense of loyalty.”
New York Journal of Books

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