A fascinating creature, in form or in spirit, the panther is everywhere. When Louis Cartier imagined his first panther decor in 1914, only a handful of people knew he had taken his inspiration from Jeanne Toussaint, or “la panthère” as she was known. The jeweler’s enlightened muse, this woman of impeccable taste sported bobbed hair, endless strands of pearls and a cigarette-holder held defiantly high. She also nurtured a passion for this most graceful of felines. Crouched, standing, poised to pounce, the panther appears in multiple poses throughout the collection.
Cartier returns to this theme for a collection of powerful and audacious eyewear in which the panther becomes the true emblem of triumphant sensuality.