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Marjorie Post's Porcelain Collection

Posted by Teena Fuller on 1/9/2016 to Historical Porcelain

Hillwood Estate and Museum

 The French Porcelain Room

I recently traveled to Washington D.C. and toured the Hillwood Estate, the home of Marjorie Post. Marjorie was the daughter of Ella Merriweather and Charles Post, of the cereal industry C.W. Post which founded the Postum Cereal Company. Postum eventually became General Foods Corporation with the help of Marjorie's first husband.

Marjorie Merriweather purchased Hillwood, a 25-acre estate in Washington D.C., in 1955 after her marriage ended to Joseph Davies, a U.S. Ambassador to Russia.  The home, which had been build in the 1920's, overlooks Rock Creek Park. Immediately after purchasing Hillwood, Marjorie hired a NYC architect, Alexander McIlvaine, and a fashionable interior design firm, to reconstruct and enlarge the house and the gardens. 

Marjorie Post wanted Hillwood to function as a home but was also aware that many hundreds of people would be in her home to see her priceless collections, and that it would eventually become an extraordinary museum of art, furniture, decor and porcelains. 

At Hillwood, she showcased her porcelain in beautifully built cabinets, and her art collection on magnificent full walls, for her enjoyment as well as for her family, friends, and charities that she was involved in.  

Her collections center around eighteen- century French aristocratic culture, including finely crafted French furniture, and imperial Russia's court life with many portraits of the tsars and tsarinas.

Thanks to Marjorie's extensive travels, and to the years she lived in Russia with her Ambassador husband Joseph Davies, the porcelain collection includes tableware, vases, jars, fish bowls, collectible plates, tea sets and figurines from China, France, and Russia. 

The largest case, in the French Porcelain Room, is filled with Sevres' famed Blue Celeste pattern and includes the first complete service that the Sevres factory ever made.

The photos are from the French Porcelain room. I will post separately, photos of the Russian Porcelain Room, the Theater, her Dining Collection, and the gardens.

Marjorie died on September 12, 1973 at Hillwood and left her home as a museum as a gift to the public. For more information, see the Hillwood Museum website.

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