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Wedding gifts befitting a Vanderbilt

All Things Biltmore • 04/23/15

Written By Judy Ross

The April 29, 1924 wedding of Cornelia Vanderbilt and the Honorable John Francis Amherst Cecil drew guests from around the world. The Cecils also received an array of wedding gifts, from antique books and jewelry to tablewear and decorative objects.

Here’s a look at several notable gifts, which can be seen at The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad exhibition in Antler Hill Village.hat pin

Above: Hatpin, ca. 1924 from Cartier, New York. Made of carved jadeite, sapphire, diamond, and platinum with original case.

compactAbove: Vanity case with attached lipstick and cigarette holder, ca. 1924 from Cartier. Made of gold, enamel, carved jadeite, platinum, diamond, and onyx, in the original box. The case opens to reveal a mirror, powder compartment, and powder puff.brooch

pendantLeft: Shoulder brooch for Scottish plaids, Henry Tatton, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1919. Featuring cairngorm (smoky quartz) and sterling silver.

Lower Left: Amethyst pendant, ca. 1924.

Lower Right: Cupid and Psyche figurine, late 19th century, French bisque porcelain and ormolu.porcelain figure

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