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24 September 2018


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Author: Alex Van Oss
Illustrations/Images by Dermot Tatlow


July/August 2017
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Page 46   ( 6 pages)


Summary: In a Washington DC suburb, a retired diplomat and self-professed Russophile has collected a treasure-trove of pre-revolutionary Russian delights.


Extract:

In the late 1930s, US Ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph E. Davies and his extremely wealthy wife, General Foods owner Marjorie Merriweather Post, purchased hundreds of Russian antiquities at rock-bottom prices. Many of these are now on view at her former mansion, Hillwood Museum, in Washington, DC, making it world-famous for its collection of icons, Fabergé eggs, and other imperial art.

Interestingly, just a few blocks away from Hillwood there is another treasure-trove of pre-revolutionary Russian delights. It is the residence of Peter MacDonald, a retired diplomat and self-professed Russophile.

MacDonald and his wife Allen live in a wooden, dacha-like 1911 Sears Catalog house. Paintings and hundreds of books on Russia line the walls or are stacked on the floor. Ordinarily, in an old-fashioned Russian home, a single samovar would be sufficient to make things cozy, but MacDonald has dozens. Five of them line the top of the den bookshelf – short ones that can squeeze under the ceiling. Others inhabit window seats and side tables. They dwell en masse in the kitchen, as well.

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