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Livestream Lecture: A Day in Paris with Marjorie Post

Hillwood’s founder, Marjorie Merriweather Post was an avid admirer of French culture as demonstrated by her impeccable collections.

A frequent visitor to Paris, Post often stayed at the iconic Ritz hotel overlooking the Place Vendôme. She frequented elegant art galleries, antique shops, luxury department stores and prestigious couturiers. In celebration of Bastille Day, join Chief Curator, Wilfried Zeisler and Assistant Curator, Megan Martinelli for a tour through Post’s Paris of the early to mid-twentieth century. Both will trace Post’s footsteps through France via Hillwood’s objects and uncover the incredible stories of her favorite antique dealers, fashion designers, jewelers, and more.


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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Wilfried ZeislerDr. Wilfried Zeisler is Hillwood’s chief curator. He is a graduate of Sorbonne University and the Ecole du Louvre, Paris. Wilfried has written extensively on French and Russian decorative arts, including a 2010 book on French ceramics commemorating the Franco-Russian Alliance, several articles, and contributions to books such as Artistic Luxury Fabergé Tiffany Lalique (2008). Wilfried’s dissertation, L’Objet d’art et de luxe français en Russie (1881-1917) [French Objets d’art and Luxury Goods in Russia], was published in Paris in 2014. Between 2009 and 2011, he has participated in and curated exhibitions in Paris and Monaco. 

At Hillwood, he has curated Splendor and Surprise: Elegant Containers, Antique to Modern (2015), Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsar's Painter (2016), Fabergé Rediscovered (2018), Bouke de Vries: War and Pieces (2019), and Natural Beauties: Exquisite Works of Minerals and Gems (2020). Wilfried co-authored Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsar's Painter in America and Paris (2015), and is the author of Fabergé Rediscovered  and Vivre la Belle Epoque à Paris—Paul de Russie et Olga Paley, both published in 2018. 

Megan J. MartinelliMegan J. Martinelli became Hillwood’s assistant curator of apparel, jewelry, and accessories in January 2018. She curated Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt (2019) and is the lead curator for the forthcoming exhibition Roaring Twenties: The Life and Style of Marjorie Merriweather Post

Previously, Megan was a research assistant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, where she contributed to internal object assessment research and assisted with exhibitions including China: Through the Looking Glass (2015) and Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (2016). Before joining The Met, Megan curated an exhibition titled The Other White Dress: Non-Wedding Dresses of the Twenty-First Century (2014) at the University of Rhode Island’s Historic Textile Gallery and contributed to Artist, Rebel, Dandy: Men of Fashion (2013) at The RISD Museum of Art.  Megan holds a M.S. in historic textiles and costumes from the University of Rhode Island and a B.A. in English literature from Providence College.

  • detail of dress
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
  • Louis Vuitton traveling trunk
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
  • black dress
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
  • Portrait of Marjorie Merriweather Post in frame by Cartier
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
  • aquamarine brooch
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
  • vase
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
  • peach gown owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens