Cartier’s iconic clientèle: Marjorie Merriweather Post, her jewels in sketches, paintings and real life
Marjorie Merriweather Post (March 15, 1887 – September 12, 1973) was one of Cartier’s most important and enduring American clients. Beginning in the 1920s and through the 1960s, she commissioned dazzling jewelry sets, fashionable accessories and a vast array of jeweled frames. Here is a stunning presentation on how Post signified important moments and events in her life with the acquisition of fabulous Cartier jewelry.
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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 Fabergé. Post and Cartier collaborated in designing jewelry and accessories for many years, developing and refining her personal style while creating exquisite works of art. Sketches from the Cartier archives illustrate this fruitful partnership, also illustrated in quite a few portraits showing Post wearing her fabulous jewels.
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.