Discover this superb collection of French art, antiques and jewelry at Marjorie Merriweather Post’s gracious estate in Washington D.C.
Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973) was passionate about French art and culture, and her personal collection demonstrates her pursuit of beauty, craftsmanship and quality. Hillwood is set on 25 beautifully landscaped acres, and Post had intended to share it with future generations. “I want young Americans to see how someone lived in the twentieth century and how this person could collect works of art the way I have … I want to share this with the rest of the world,” Post said.
Post’s sumptuous French drawing room features Sèvres porcelain, Gobelin tapestry, fine woodwork and upholstery, all inspired by the era of Louis XV and Louis XVI. As a special touch, 18th century carved paneling was installed to enhance the ambiance of this stunning space.
Post loved to display her many sets of fine dinnerware at the estate, representing a range of colours and patterns. One fine example is this Soup Tureen from the Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory, dating to 1754. This vibrant blue was highly valued, a signature colour of the factory at the time.
This elegant chest of drawers is attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener, furniture maker of the royal court in France, circa 1775 – 1780. The gleaming gilt bronze and detailed marquetry are stunning, displaying detailed floral panels on the front panels.
Louis XV’s daughter, the Duchess of Parma, and granddaughter are featured in this painting by Jean-Marc Nattier. Painted during their visit to Fontainebleau, it commemorates the first meeting of Louis XV and little Isabelle.
Post was a major collector of Cartier, and she commissioned several pieces from the French jeweler. This sapphire and diamond fringe necklace is a stunning example.
Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens offers visitors a view into the magnificent home of Marjorie Merriweather Post — it’s a must-see for anyone spending time in the Washington D.C. area.
If you go:
The Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008