Location: Visitor Center Theater
Part of: Lectures and Talks, Members', Marjorie Merriweather Post
This is the third lecture in the four-part Cartier Lecture Series.
When Cartier moved to the rue de la Paix in 1899, the street was already a vibrant center of Parisian luxury. Artisans, fashion designers, and luxury firms brought the street to life, bustling with age-old French skills and new, innovative techniques and styles. These innovations combined to make the rue de la Paix world-famous for “artistic luxury,” and a favorite stop for cosmopolitan clientele including European aristocracy and international grande bourgeoisie.
6-6:45 pm Member reception with the speaker. Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Dazzling Gems and The Mansion open for touring.
7-8 pm Lecture (seating opens at 6:45 pm)
About the Speaker
Dr. Wilfried Zeisler became Hillwood’s curator of 19th century art in February, having served as the Museum’s first curatorial fellow in early 2013. He is a graduate from the Sorbonne University and from the Ecole du Louvre, Paris, and is a scholar of French and Russian art. His dissertation was titled “The purchases of French ‘objets d’art’ by the Russian Court, 1881-1917.” Wilfried has worked as a research lecturer at the Ecole du Louvre and Sorbonne University in Paris. Wilfried’s forthcoming book French Objets d’art and Luxury Goods in Russia (1881-1917) will be published in French later this year. Wilfried has written widely on decorative arts in France and Russia, including a 2010 book on ceramics and several articles. He has contributed to more than 10 exhibition catalogs, and has curated exhibitions in Paris and Monaco. Along with Dr. Scott Ruby, Hillwood’s curator of Russian and Eastern European art, he is working on an exhibition entitled Splendor and Surprise: Elegant Containers, Antique to Modern, which will open in February 2015.
About the Series
Cartier’s longstanding reputation of exquisite craftsmanship and beauty was solidified with the firm’s embrace of modernity at the turn of the twentieth century. This stunningly illustrated lecture series traces the luxury brand and cosmopolitan clientele—including, of course, Marjorie Merriweather Post—throughout the twentieth century.
Tuesday, October 7: Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems, by Liana Paredes, Hillwood’s Director of Collections and Exhibition Curator
Tuesday, October 14: Cartier and Women of the National Gem Collection, by Jeffrey Post, Geologist - Curator-in-Charge, Mineral Collection, Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday, October 21: The Rue de la Paix in Paris: The Center of Belle Epoque Luxury, by Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, Hillwood’s Curator of 19th Century Art
Tuesday, October 28: Cartier: The Age of Glamour, 1930-1960, by Janet Zapata, independent jewelry historian