Splendor and Surprise

February 15th 2015 to June 7th 2015

Access to exhibitions included in your donation.

Splendor and Surprise: Elegant Containers, Antique to Modern

Explore the beauty and myriad functions of vessels. Discover the rich history of the box, from the enshrinement of sacred relics to receptacles for tobacco or makeup. Offered as gifts and received as honored presents, containers have long remained important, collectable works of art that were appreciated for their practical use as well as their cultural meaning and beauty.

Egg-shaped Etui, 19th century

Egg-shaped Etui, 19th century

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As a noted collector of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, Marjorie Merriweather Post amassed hundreds of boxes and containers for her private homes. In celebration of this collection, Hillwood will showcase Splendor and Surprise, an exhibition dedicated to all manner of containers featuring everything from contemporary objets d‘art to resplendent antique vessels in silver and gold. The exhibition will explore the beauty and myriad functions of vessels created for containment and will be on display in the Dacha from February 15 through June 7, 2015.  

Upcoming events

  • Lectures and talks
    Tuesday 17 March - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
    $7-45
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  • Lectures and talks
    Tuesday 24 March - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

    For centuries, boxes, caskets, and chests have played an important role in everyday life. The form and decoration of these objects not only reflected changes in social customs and manners but also closely followed the stylistic developments in Europe.

    $7-45
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  • Lectures and talks
    Tuesday 31 March - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

    In March 2013, a lost Imperial Fabergé Egg was found, upending scholarly research. Learn about the impacts of the newly discovered egg on Hillwood’s scholarship, and enjoy the Washington premier of the feature documentary, Fabergé: A Life Of Its Own.

    $7-45
    Tickets not yet available

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