Is the British Museum Falling Down?
Weideger, Paula, New Statesman (1996)
What's come over the dusty dowager of Russell Street? Suddenly the British Museum is bright with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Spotlit cases are filled with necklaces, bracelets and tiaras, with accessories such as a black lacquer compact across which a diamond panther stalks, and a set of translucent agate ash trays. Each of the 227 items in this testimonial to glamour, conspicuous consumption and design is the output of a single firm, Cartier, which also owns most of the exhibits.
It's clear why Cartier, celebrating its 150th birthday, is supporting the show. But why is the British Museum staging it? Indeed, should it?
The British Museum is promoting the work of a business with 165 boutiques around the world, one of them …
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Publication information: Article title: Is the British Museum Falling Down?. Contributors: Weideger, Paula - Author. Magazine title: New Statesman (1996). Volume: 126. Issue: 4354 Publication date: October 3, 1997. Page number: 39+. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 1997 Gale Group.
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