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Member Preview Day for Natural Beauties: Exquisite Works of Minerals and Gems

Hillwood members have the opportunity for an exclusive first look at the exhibition Natural Beauties: Exquisite Works of Minerals and Gems before it opens to the public!

For centuries, nature's most enduring materials, like malachite, jade, amethyst, and lapis lazuli, have been carved, polished, and mounted into beautiful works of art. Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post was known for the incredible gems and jewelry that signaled her unparalleled taste, but the hardstone objects that make up a less well-known area of her conoisseurship are equally impressive and exquisite. This special exhibition is the first at Hillwood to focus on finely crafted objects that incorporate these exceptional stones and minerals. From antique Chinese jades to the grand 1920s mosaic table top made of eleven different stones commissioned for Post's Mar-a-Lago, precious Fabergé boxes, and stunning Cartier frames, ashtrays, and bell pushes, these intricately detailed pieces from Hillwood and borrowed from other collections present a history of luxury arts through the ages.

Join Wilfried Zeisler, chief curator, for an illustrated presentation on hardstone and these fascinating works of art.

Please note: The exhibition will be open all day to Hillwood members and their guests.

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  • Box, Marcel Wolfers, Brussels, Belgium, 1937. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 21.106.

  • Incense Burner, China. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 62.27.1-2.

  • Box or Bonbon Dish (Bonbonnière), Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1886-1898. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 11.64.