Beauty collector Marjorie Merriweather Post
Marjorie Merriweather Post valued beauty, elegance, graciousness, and spent her life literally among the treasures. During her life she owned the exquisite gardens, collections, and estate. The only child of Ella Merriweather Post and Charles William Post, she became the wealthiest woman in the United States at the age of 27, the owner of the $20 million cereal company, later known as the General Foods Corporation. She was married four times, and her third husband, the second US ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph Davies brought her to the Soviet Russia. The couple lived in the Soviet Union from 1937 to 1938, under Joseph Stalin. Living in Russia, Joseph Davies and Marjorie Post, both collectors, acquired many valuable Russian works of art from Soviet authorities. She died at the age of 86, and now her collection, in all its splendor, is opened for the public’s enjoyment.
Of course Marjorie didn’t wear this crown. It was in her Russian jewelry collection. Princess Alexandra of Hesse wore it on her wedding ceremony with Tsar Nicholas II in 1894. The crown consists of bands of diamonds sewn into the velvet and surmounted by a cross of six large, round-cut diamonds.
21.04 carat Colombian emerald once worn by an Austrian archduke crowned emperor of Mexico in 1864, Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph. Marjorie Merriweather Post donated emerald in 1964.
Blue Diamond Heart, 30.62 carat heart-shaped, brilliant cut blue diamond VS-2 clarity that Marjorie purchased from Harry Winston in 1960 and donated the diamond to the National Gem Collection of the Smithsonian Institution in 1964.
Marjorie Merriweather Post simply called it “Blue Necklace”. Created by Cartier in 1936. One of the most famous art deco necklace with sapphires and diamonds, Marjorie Post often wore it. Necklace can be divided into two separate and one central bracelet of deco motif, Mrs. Post used to wear it separately as a brooch.
Diadem of Marie-Louise is complex and historically important tiara that Napoleon gave his to second wife, the Empress Marie-Louise, on the occasion of their marriage. Van Cleef & Arpels purchased tiara in 1953, the original emeralds in the diadem were removed and sold separately, and were replaced with turquoise. Marjorie bought a tiara from Van Cleef & Arpels and donated it to the Smithsonian in 1971.
The diamond necklace Emperor Napoleon gave to his second wife, Marie-Louise, in honor of the birth of their son Napoleon II, Emperor of Rome, in 1811. Over time, the necklace was eventually sold to Harry Winston, from which Marjorie purchased necklace in 1960. She donated it to the museum in 1962.
Breathtakingly beautiful emerald brooch, now it is in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts collection of jewelry. Brooch, made by Oscar Heyman and Marcus & Co. in 1929, is in the middle of the 17th century carved emerald, which was acquired by Marcus & Co. in Bombay in 1920. The central stone surrounded by diamonds.
Emerald Necklace, Art Deco, created in 1928-1929, 24 baroque-Cut Colombian emerald drops, each surmounted by a smaller emerald ball, mounted in platinum with diamonds. Marjorie donated necklace in 1964.
Marjorie’s Cartier brooch consists of seven carved Indian emeralds, the main of which dates back to the seventeenth century of Mughal period, the part was originally designed in the form of tape made of emeralds Cartier London, where it was sold to Mr. Godfrey Williams in 1924 for 10 000 pounds. When Marjorie bought the brooch, she took her Cartier in New York, to be converted into a pendant in 1928.
This is 1929 portrait of Post and her daughter. The brooch is featured prominently on the shoulder. The brosh was one of her favorite jewelry. Cascade of diamonds and emeralds from the diamond-encrusted buckle design serves as evidence of brilliant creativity of Cartier and exotic inspiration in the Art Deco period.
The Hillwood museum is largely Russian in origin. Flanking the entrance, elaborate dishes used for the Russian custom of greeting newcomers with bread and salt contribute to this space’s dramatic function. A pair of Imperial Glass work vases with the cipher of Nicholas II and the year 1911 in Cyrillic contribute the Russian atmosphere. On top of the piano are photographs of Russia’s last imperial family—Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, and their children. Portraits of other emperors and empresses also look on from areas of the room.
In addition to Hillwood and other estates, Marjorie Merriweather Post owned the other lavish home – Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. The luxurious house Mar-A-Lago was designed by Joseph Urban, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1980, and later was purchased by Donald Trump in 1985.
Donald Trump has invested millions of dollars in the rehabilitation and modernization of the “pearl of Palm Beach,” splendor, style and elegance, this is the most beautiful and exclusive private club in the world. To become a member of the club costs a lot – $ 150,000, initiation fee – $ 75,000 each year thereafter.