Hillwood Estate, DC, June 2012
Jun 10, 2012Public
Photo: The Hillwood estate comprises 13 acres, located above Rock Creek Park, near the Van Ness Metro stop. Marjorie Merriweather Post designed the property to serve both as a home and, later, as a museum.
Photo: An exterior corner of the mansion is decorated with a gilt fountain depicting an eagle and child.
Photo: This Orthodox chalice features jewels and cameos from Catherine the Great.
Photo: The huge chunks of raw crystal in the main foyer's chandelier fascinated me.
Photo: Looking past the chandelier to the entrance foyer below.
Photo: The lapis lazuli blue in this glass set is one of my favorite colors.
Photo: Doo-dads and geegaws in the Faberge room. Mrs. Post, as wife of the US Ambassador to the USSR in the 1930's, acquired a trove of Russian art that is a special feature of the Hillwood collection.
Photo: Lapis lazuli used to decorate a Russian imperial clock. It rests on one of several tables with tops of malachite, another favorite color. http://www.gemstone.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=117:sapphire&catid=1:gem-by-gem&Itemid=14
Photo: Detail of an empty malachite tabletop in front of a window. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malachite
Photo: This piece of post-Revolution, Russian Constructivist china is edged with symbols denoting different kinds of labor. Beauty in the Workers' Paradise. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructivism_(art)