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Collection of Russian Imperial Art in DC
Posted by Gary on 26/12/2018, 23:49:41User logged in as Gary
Today I visited Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC, the home of the late Post Cereal heiress, philanthropist and art collector Marjorie Merriweather Post. I had been there once before several years ago, but was floored anew by her amazing collection of decorative objects, icons and paintings with Romanov provenance. She began her Russian art collection when her husband was ambassador to the Soviet Union in the 1930. She was fascinated by royalty, especially the Romanovs but other European houses as well (there are a lot of objets that belonged to Louis XV and Louis XVI, too). The walls are practically plastered with portraits of Russian Emperors and Empresses - especially Catherine the Great, of whom there are 15 portraits - and sundry other Euro royals. Among other pieces is the Romanov nuptial crown worn by Empress Alexandra and other imperial brides during the last two reigns. For a royalty lovers it is a real treat.
At the moment there is an exhibition of her collection of Faberge, including three imperial Easter eggs, but most of those objects are displayed around the mansion at other times.
I highly recommend to royalty enthusiasts whenever you happen to be in DC. (And for Romanov enthusiasts it might be worth a pilgrimage!) More info here: https://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/museum