Looking for the Russian connection to the nation’s capital? Try the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. The Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, in the Kalorama section of Washington, D.C., has opened its first comprehensive Fabergé exhibition, highlighting the work of the legendary jeweler to the last Imperial house of Russia.
Fabergé Rediscovered features more than 100 pieces, including the greatest examples from Hillwood’s collection, left by the late chatelaine of both Hillwood and Mar-a-Lago for future generations.
“Marjorie Post was a serious collector and approached the collecting of Fabergé as she did her important collection of French 18th-century and Russian imperial art, as an avid student and connoisseur. As a result, she assembled an important and impressive collection of these intriguing works,” said Kate Markert, Hillwood executive director.
Loaned pieces from other museums and private collectors, such as Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée d’Orsay, the McFerrin Collection, and the Edouard and Maurice Sandoz Foundation, also are part of the exhibit.
An 18th-century amethyst quartz box, which was Mrs. Post’s first personal Fabergé acquisition. Bought in 1927 from Cartier New York, the piece had once belonged to Prince Felix Yusupov and carries the Fabergé mark on its gold lid;
A nephrite cane handle set in gold and decorated with enamel, diamonds and rubies.
It is Mrs. Post’s second self-acquired piece and the first with an Imperial provenance.
A note accompanying the piece signed by Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, sister of the last
A carnet, or notebook, with a miniature of the Empress Alexandra possibly made in 1894 at the time of the empress’ engagement.