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Last Chance to See Cartier Jewels at Hillwood Museum

January 7, 2015

Carried over through January 11, 2015, Hillwood Museum is hosting a rare exhibition of Cartier jewels.

One of Cartier’s most important and enduring clients, Marjorie Merriweather Post commissioned some of the most exquisite jewelry sets, fashionable accessories, and finely-crafted jeweled frames of any American collector. Following their return from the Grand Palais where they dazzled in the exhibition Cartier: Le Style et L’Historie, jewelry and objects from Hillwood’s Cartier collection will offer a notable perspective on the important role that Cartier played in the life and style of this American icon.

Cartier necklace (Photo by: Cartier necklace

Marjorie Merriweather Post frequented the Cartier firm’s three establishments from the 1920s through the 1960s. Pierre Cartier, the brother with whom she dealt most directly, shared an interest in Russian imperial art and even sold Post her first piece of Faberge. Post and Cartier collaborated in designing jewelry and accessores for many years, developing and refining her personal style while creating exquisite works of art. Sketches from the Cartier archives throughout the exhibition illustrate this fruitful partnership. 

An exotic brooch made of seven carved Indian emeralds (considered to be one Cartier’s finest creations,) a glittering diamond and sapphire necklace, and other impressive pieces collected in times of war and peace, prosperity and depression, show the changing styles and enduring quality of Marjorie Post and Cartier’s relationship.  Situated among paintings, photos, and attire, each piece is contextualized within the Post’s life and times.

In addition to buying their latest jewelry designs, Marjorie Post patronized Cartier by purchasing an array of jeweled objets d’art. In the 1920s and 30s, she commissioned a number of picture frames for family photographs, paying attentive attention to the materials and colors in order to enhance each portrait. Other personal luxury items, including a silver and enamel dressing table set and a beaded and platinum evening bag as well as glamorous portraits, paintings, and historic photos and correspondence, illustrate Post’s enduring use of Cartier to contribute to her persona.

Hillwood Museum is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW. Tel: 202.686.5807

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Season Pass to Key Bridge Boathouse Sale Through Dec.31

December 21, 2014

If you're shopping for someone who loves experiences more than "stuff," Key Bridge Boathouse  at 3500 Water Street in Georgetown has a deal that will last all year: a holiday sale on unlimited season passes!

Only $179 for a Single Adult Pass--good for unlimited boating at three Boating In D.C. locations--delivered FREE--straight to your inbox.

Cross some folks off your holiday list with just a few clicks here!

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Claudine Sorel's POSTES Bags Now at Jean Pierre Antiques

December 7, 2014

If you're thinking Santa never looked so chic, it's that mini POSTES he's proudly sporting. Exclusively at Jean Pierre Antiques through December 24th, the entire fall collection is on sale.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"With the French history of the letter carrier bag, POSTES is a reflection of centuries old tradition in leather craftsmanship, brought back to life with new luxury materials,” explains designer Claudine Sorel.

It was in the early twentieth century that the postman's mailbag, made entirely of leather, gradually replaced the old wooden box used to distribute mail. "What better place than Jean-Pierre to showcase the line," continues Sorel. "With his keen eye and impeccable taste, Jean-Pierre has a devoted clientele seeking the finest in European, and especially French furniture and accessories."

Charlotte Trott with Vincent and her new POSTES bag (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Charlotte Trott with Vincent and her new POSTES bag

To those familar with the ever changing, always artistic tableaux Jean-Pierre creates for his windows, a special treat awaits. Fashioned in exotic Italian leathers and fur, each POSTES bag is made in New York City, and all artfully displayed on 19th century Louis XV bufets and under Art Deco chandeliers.

Jimmy McDavitt and Mia outside Jean-Pierre Antiques (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jimmy McDavitt and Mia outside Jean-Pierre Antiques

The Collection, including the new Trocadero and Mini POSTES up to 70% off.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Jean Pierre Antiques is located a 2601 P Street in Georgetown. Tel: 202.337.1731

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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