Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Dazzling Gems

June 7th 2014 to December 31st 2014

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One of Cartier’s most important and enduring clients, Marjorie Merriweather Post commissioned some of the most exquisite jewelry sets, fashionable accessories, and finely-crafted jeweled frames of any American collector. Following their return from the Grand Palais where they dazzled in the exhibition Cartier: Le Style et L’Historie, jewelry and objects from Hillwood’s Cartier collection will offer a notable perspective on the important role that Cartier played in the life and style of this American icon.

The jewelry, including an exotic brooch made of seven carved Indian emeralds and considered to be one Cartier’s finest creations, a glittering diamond and sapphire necklace, and other impressive pieces, is just the beginning of the collaboration between these icons. Post’s deeply personal collection of art deco jeweled frames, designed specifically to match miniatures and photo portraits of her family and her, and other personal luxury items, including a silver and enamel dressing table set and a beaded and platinum evening bag as well as glamorous portraits, paintings, and historic photos and correspondence, illustrate Post’s enduring use of Cartier to contribute to her style and persona.

The exhibition is supported by the Marjorie Merriweather Post Foundation, Ellen MacNeille Charles, Dina Merrill Hartley, Donald G. Preston, Jr. & Frank C. Torres III, Susan & David Thoms, Diane B. Wilsey, and 


All exhibitions and programs are funded in part by the U.S. Commission on the Fine Arts through the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program.

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