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Cartier’s iconic clientèle: Marjorie Merriweather Post, her jewels in sketches, paintings and real life

Portrait de Marjorie Merriweather Post et sa fille broche Cartier

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.

Marjorie Merriweather Post's Cartier pendant brooch with carved Mughal emeralds and diamonds, circa 1923. The largest emerald (250 carats!) dates to the 1600's!
Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Cartier pendant brooch with carved Mughal emeralds and diamonds, circa 1923. Brooch set in a platinum setting. Emeralds acquired in London as loose stones.
Cartier Emerald Brooch Drawing ~ Marjorie Merriweather Post
Cartier Emerald Brooch Drawing ~ Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Marjorie Merriweather Post's Cartier amethyst and turqupose necklace and earring set, circa 1950-1951.
Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Cartier amethyst and turquoise necklace and earring set, circa 1950-1951. Necklace in a gold and platinum setting. It is set with five heart shaped amethysts, five oval shaped amethysts, 99 round diamonds, and 175 small round and oval shaped turquoises.

Dessin de la parure Cartier en améthystes et turquoises de Marjorie Merriweather Post

 

Collier Cartier en platine, diamants et saphirs, ayant appartenu à Marjorie Merriweather Post http://www.vogue.fr/joaillerie/a-voir/diaporama/joaillerie-bijoux-cartier-de-marjorie-merriweather-post-exposition-hillwood-estate-museum-gardens-washington-dc/19183/image/1011538#!collier-cartier-en-saphirs-de-marjorie-merriweather-post
Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Cartier sapphire and diamond necklace. The necklace is made from two bracelets joined by a custom-made Cartier brooch, ca. 1936. This necklace breaks into three pieces: two bracelets and a central brooch. Necklace is in a platinum setting. It was originally composed of three pieces, two bracelets from De Sedles which form the sides of the necklace, and one centerpiece from Cartier.

 

Marjorie Merriweather Post Close Hutton Davies May
Marjorie Merriweather Post, Close Hutton Davies May
Croquis du collier Cartier en saphirs de Marjorie Merriweather Post
Cartier New York.
Pearl necklace with diamond clasp by Cartier, circa 1939. Owned py Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Pearl necklace with diamond clasp by Cartier, circa 1939. Necklace is composed of four strands of pearls attached to an elaborate diamond clasp. Necklace has 188 pearls, 408 diamonds in the clasp, and 140 diamonds in the strands. The clasp has seven strands of diamonds that attach to the clasp. The clasp has an elaborate design of seven interlocking sections. Three sections on each side are circular in shape with wheel spokes in the center. The central section is rectangular and ends in a large round diamond at the point where the strands attach.

Croquis du collier Cartier en platine et diamants de Marjorie Merriweather Post

Emerald Necklace owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post.  Cartier - 1929
Emerald Necklace owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post. Cartier – 1929.

Marjorie Merriweather Post with her famed Cartier emeralds

Marjorie Merriweather Post’s lavish platinum brooch from the 1920s, featuring a 60-ct. carved Mughal emerald surrounded by diamonds.
Marjorie Merriweather Post’s lavish platinum brooch from the 1920s, featuring a 60-ct. carved Mughal emerald surrounded by diamonds.

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.

Source Material: Hillwood Estate on Pinterest, Vogue France.

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2 comments on “Cartier’s iconic clientèle: Marjorie Merriweather Post, her jewels in sketches, paintings and real life

  1. Great post.

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