Russian Liturgical Gallery
What was once the dining room for Marjorie Post's staff at Hillwood has been converted in order to create a reverential space appropriate for the display of the solemn and mystic liturgical material.
Off the kitchen in the former the staff dining room, the Russian Liturgical Gallery houses displays of ecclesiastical objects. During her stay in Moscow, Marjorie Post found vestments, or priest’s robes, stacked in heaps in local commission shops. Soviet authorities where burning them for their silver and gold thread. Rescuing these and several chalices marked for a similar fate, Marjorie established a fine collection of Russian religious pieces.
Among the ceremonial objects on view are icons created for the veneration of saints, elaborate chalices used for communion, and ornate textiles, including vestments, chalice covers, and altar cloths. The light level is low to protect the textiles from deterioration. The most magnificent piece, a gold chalice Catherine the Great commissioned as part of a communion set in 1791, sits in splendor in the center of the gallery.