Trinket Tuesday: Hillwood Mansion and Museum

If you love decorative arts, then you will love Hillwood Mansion and Museum!

Before Hillwood was a museum it was the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heiress to the Post fortune.  Ms. Post had a fascination with royalty and interest in decorative arts. So during her time in the Soviet Union (one of her husbands was the first US ambassador to the Soviet Union), she picked up many, many pieces at auction. Pieces that belonged to the Romanovs, the Orthodox churches and aristocrats.

“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.” – Marjorie Merriweather Post         

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Priceless decorative pieces. Can you spot the royal monogram?

Today the mansion is home to important Russian icons, French and Russian paintings, priceless porcelein and Faberge items, to name but a few. There is also a lovely garden to enjoy and picnic in. If it’s possible for you, I highly recommend a visit or two.

Links for your enjoyment: Marjorie Merriweather Post NYT Obituary, Hillwood Mansion,  D.C.’s ‘Downton Abbey’.

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