Last winter, the Maison Cartier occupied the Grand Palais in Paris, for a retrospective exhibition on the brand’s complete history in a magical setting. Today, Cartier creations pay tribute to one of the brand’s most loyal ambassadors, Marjorie Merriweather Post, during an exhibition in Washington.
Marjorie Merriweather Post, ambassador for Cartier
Amongst the brand’s enthusiasts, the American Marjorie Merriweather Post is the most famous. Art enthusiast, the “America Empress” frequented the Cartier firms from the 1920s to 1960s.
Important and enduring client, this high-society lady acquired many exceptional pieces of the brand. Some pieces were commissioned by her, and for others, Post and Cartier collaborated in their designing.
A few Cartier jewels composed for her were recently displayed in the Grand Palais in Paris and are now off to America. Marjory Merriweather Post’s exquisite jewellery collection will be unveiled in Washington in her old mansion, the Hillwood Estate, now turned into a museum.
Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems
Until the end of the year, the American ladie’s most beautiful diamonds will be exposed to jewel enthusiasts.
Named Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems, the exhibition reveals a sumptuous brooch inspired by the Art Déco style, set with emeralds of 250 carats. A three row pearl necklace with a diamond clasp and a necklace set with gems from India and Mexico, form part of the collection.
The different pieces that used to belong to the rich heiress summarise perfectly her splendid and extravagant lifestyle. Walking down the hallways of Post’s mansion and looking at the numerous portraits hung on the walls, will allow visitors to immerge themselves a universe not unlike Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s novels.
Fascinated by luxury and aesthetics, Marjorie Merriweather Post also appreciated Pierre-Karl Fabergé’s pieces. During her lifetime, Post accumulated many of the Russian jeweller’s pieces, including two of his famous Easter Eggs.