"You know, Gucci, Cartier . . . Mercedes,' reaching for names more lustrous than Watteau or Borromini"
Gucci spectacles
Creative Commons AttributionGucci spectacles - Credit: marc falardeau

 Gucci is a brand of Italian fashion and leather goods, which is now part of the Gucci group. The original company was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921.

Cartier is a French company which designs, manufactures and sells watches and jewellery. It was founded in Paris in 1847, and now has more than 200 stores in 125 countries.

Cartier ladies' watch
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCartier ladies' watch - Credit: Gisling









Mercedes-Benz logo (on 1982 380 SL)
Creative Commons AttributionMercedes-Benz logo (on 1982 380 SL) - Credit: henrymaxm

 Mercedes-Benz is a division of the German motor company Daimler A-G. It is the brand name of a range of luxury cars, as well as various types of buses, coaches, and lorries.





Francesco Borromini
Public DomainPortrait of Francesco Borromini - Credit: unknown

 Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) was a French artist. He is particularly renowned for his depictions of the fête galante, a type of aristrocratic garden party involving elements of theatre and fantasy.

Francesco Borromini  (1599-1667) was a Swiss-born architect who as an adult lived and worked in Italy. His major architectural achievements are religious buildings in Rome, including the church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and the Oratorio dei Filippini.



'Les Plaisirs du Bal' (c.1716)
Public Domain'Les Plaisirs du Bal' (c.1716) - Credit: Jean-Antoine Watteau