Tsar Nicholas II, verifies that it once belonged to her;
The Catherine the Great Egg, a gift to Mrs. Post from her middle daughter Eleanor Close Barzin, who purchased it in 1931 from the Hammer Galleries in New York.
Intensely French in design, the egg aligned with Mrs. Post’s penchant for all things Francophile;
A carnet, or notebook, with a miniature of the Empress Alexandra, possibly made at the time of her engagement in 1894;
An egg-shaped basket and bell push attributed to Fabergé master craftsman Mikhail Perkhin;
The Twelve Monograms egg, one of only two Imperial Easter eggs fabricated in 1886. The other, commissioned by Tsar Alexander III’s as an 1887 Easter gift to his wife, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, was famously rediscovered in 2014 at a Midwest scrap metal dealer.
A music box once belonging to the Yusupov family, considered to be one of the finest examples of Fabergé enameling;
The Blue Serpent Clock Egg, on loan for the exhibition from Prince Albert;
A triptych icon of the Elevation of the True Cross belonging to Tsarina Maria.
The exhibit, which opened in June, continues through Jan. 13. For more information, visit Hillwood’s website, hillwoodmuseum.org.
Post’s former estate is now the Hillwood museum and gardens.