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Glass: Art. Beauty. Design.| Hillwood’s Glass Collection

Transparent or opaque, fragile yet impervious, glass has inspired artists and designers, Picture of a glass piece from Hillwood's collection.stimulated scientists and engineers, and captivated collectors with its beauty and practicality. This lecture will explore the stories behind the acquisitions of magnificent pieces from Marjorie Post’s glass collection from monumental candelabras by the Baccarat Glassworks recently rediscovered in storage to rare sets which use to adorn Marjorie Post’s tables. 

Please note: This is the fourth and final program in the Glass: Art. Beauty. Design. Lecture Series.


This lecture will be presented in the theater in the Ellen MacNeille Charles Visitor Center and will be livestreamed via Zoom. Visitors can submit questions for the speaker from any location.  


5:30–6:30 p.m. | Explore Hillwood

6:30–7:30 p.m. | Lecture 


Dr. Wilfried Zeisler is Hillwood’s deputy director and chief curator. He is a graduate of Sorbonne University and the Ecole du Louvre, Paris. Wilfried has written extensively on French and Russian decorative arts, including several articles and contributions to books. Wilfried’s dissertation, L’Objet d’art et de luxe français en Russie (1881-1917) [French Objets d’art and Luxury Goods in Russia], was published in Paris in 2014. Since 2009, he has participated in and curated exhibitions in Paris, Monaco, and Washington DC. At Hillwood, his most recent exhibitions were Fabergé Rediscovered (2018), Bouke de Vries: War and Pieces (2019), Natural Beauties: Exquisite Works of Minerals and Gems (2020), The Porcelain Flowers of Vladimir Kanevsky (2021), Determined Women: Collectors, Artists, and Designers at Hillwood (2023), and Glass: Art. Beauty. Design. (2023). Wilfried co-authored Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsar's Painter in America and Paris (2015), and is the author of Fabergé Rediscovered and Vivre la Belle Epoque à Paris – Paul de Russie et Olga Paley, both published in 2018. He is also the co-author of The Houses and Collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post – The Joy of It (2022). Wilfried is currently working on a new book project exploring the connections between the Yusupovs and Parisian culture. 

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