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The Cartiers

The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire

Immerse yourself in the captivating story of the family behind Cartier, and the three brothers who turned their grandfather’s humble Parisian jewelry store into a global luxury icon. Marjorie Post was one of Cartier’s most enduring clients, frequenting the firm’s three establishments from the 1920s through 1960s and working closely with Pierre Cartier. Francesca Cartier Brickell has traveled the world to research her family’s remarkable history and discovered long-lost pieces of the puzzle along the way.  


5-7 p.m. |  Indulge in a three-course prix fixe meal at Merriweather Café. SOLD OUT.
5:30-7:30 p.m. | Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt, mansion, gardens, and greenhouse open for self-guided touring.  Museum shop and Merriweather To Go open.
7:30-8:30 p.m. | Lecture 
8:30 p.m. | Book Signing. The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire is availalbe in the museum shop and can be pre-ordered

Author Francesca Cartier BrickellABOUT THE SPEAKER 

Francesca Cartier Brickell is a graduate in English literature from Oxford University and a direct descendant of the Cartier family. Her great-great-great-grandfather founded the world-famous firm in 1847. Her late grandfather Jean-Jacques Cartier was the last of the family to manage and own a branch of the firm that still bears their name. She frequently lectures about Cartier’s illustrious history for museums, major auction houses, and societies. Her book, available in late November 2019, is the result of years of independent research into her family and the business they founded. Francesca lives with her husband and children in London and the South of France.