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Russian Malachite at Hillwood

This is the first program in the Natural Beauties lecture series.

The intensity of the malachite’s green color and the beauty of its patterns were especially appealing to Hillwood’s founder Marjorie Post. Today Hillwood’s collection of hardstone includes approximately forty works made from malachite. Traditionally associated with Russia, objects made from malachite became part of the decor of Post’s successive chambers of treasures; in Brussels, it was sometimes called the “Green Room” or “Malachite Room.” This lecture will explore the history of malachite works of art and rooms, from Russia to America, through Hillwood’s collections.   


5:30-7:30 p.m. | Natural Beauties, mansion, and greenhouse open for self-guided touring
7:30-8:30 p.m. | Lecture


Dr. 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. 


Explore exquisite stones and minerals that became works of art in the hands of masterful artisans.

Tuesday, March 24 | Russian Malachite at Hillwood with Wilfried Zeisler
Tuesday, March 31 | Nature's Art in Stone with Jeffrey Post
Tuesday, April 7 | Rocks As Art—A Chinese Tradition with Jan Stuart


Natural Beauties Lecture Series

Natural Beauties Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (All day) to Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (All day)

Explore exquisite stones and minerals that became works of art in the hands of masterful artisans.

  • Malachite bread and salt dish in Hillwood's collection

    Bread and salt dish, Kekaterinberg Lapidary Manufactory ?, Yekaterinburg, mid 1800s,
    Malachite, Gift of Madame Augusto Rosso, 1968 (21.240)

    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens