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Livestream Lecture: New Discoveries about Hillwood's Collection

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In her just over two years at Hillwood, Rebecca Tilles has carefully studied the collection and made new discoveries about the provenance and makers behind several key objects.

Rebecca will showcase three objects that she's learned more about through close, careful examination including French paintings and decorative arts.


This virtual lecture is presented live via Zoom. The online "waiting room" opens at 6 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 6:30  p.m. Participants can submit questions via the chat feature.

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Dr. Rebecca TillesDr. Rebecca Tilles is Associate Curator of 18th Century French & Western European Fine & Decorative Arts at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, DC. She recently curated the exhibition Perfume & Seduction (2019), highlighting eighteenth- through twentieth-century European perfume bottles and accessories from Hillwood’s collection and the private collection of Givaudan, Paris. She is currently organizing an examination and exhibition on Hillwood’s two French eighteenth-century commodes attributed to the royal cabinetmaker, Jean-Henri Riesener, as well as an exhibition on the evolution of porcelain in Western Europe. This fall, Rebecca will be organizing a spotlight exhibition on Hillwood’s founder entitled Marjorie Merriweather Post and the Diplomacy of Philanthropy, in partnership with the State Department, at the National Museum of American Diplomacy in Washington, DC.  

Rebecca completed her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Sussex (2019) for which her dissertation was entitled George and Florence Blumenthal: A Collecting Partnership in the Gilded Age, 1858-1941. She holds a B.A. (with honors) in French and French Cultural Studies from Wellesley College (2003), an M.A. in European Decorative Arts from The Bard Graduate Center in New York (2007), and studied at the Ecole du Louvre, Paris.

  • Detail from Jean-Marc Nattier's Portrait of the Duchess of Orleans
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Brian Searby