Bequeathing Beauty:
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

American heiress & philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post donated her lavish Hillwood Estate as a sanctuary dedicated to the celebration of beauty.

From the moment visitors cross the threshold into the grand entry hall, they are greeted by the regal gazes of Russian royalty peering from portraits and the sparkling visage of a rare French rock-crystal chandelier—the first glimpses of the opulence that fills each elegant room. The dining room holds special allure, with walls of carved-oak paneling serving as a backdrop to four large Dutch paintings depicting hunting scenes. An antique Aubusson carpet lies beneath an enormous mosaic-topped table commissioned from Opificio delle Pietre Dure—the celebrated artistic workshop in Florence, Italy.

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