Arts & Culture

Fabergé Eggs: A Southern Socialite’s Dazzling Collection

In addition to fabulous jewelry and art, Marjorie Merriweather Post, the famed General Foods Corporation heiress and philanthropist, collected jaw-dropping Russian treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé. Beginning in 1927 with a Fabergé box she bought from Cartier, Post acquired dozens of Russian pieces—including rare Fabergé eggs—decorated with diamonds, rubies, and gold. Later in life, Post split time between her Palm Beach, Florida, home, Mar-a-Lago (you know the one) and her twenty-five-acre Hillwood estate in Washington, D.C., where she lived until her death in 1973. Hillwood is now a museum and garden dedicated to her legacy. Fabergé Rediscovered, a new exhibition at Hillwood (and book of the same name) shares nearly 100 of Post’s priceless pieces, on view now through January 13, 2019. Keep going for a sneak preview.

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