For a generation of gift givers and receivers, those bright yellow boxes meant one thing: Whatever was inside was probably pretty special, courtesy of Cezanne Gallery and, more to the point, the shop's owner, Maris Madigan, who died March 15 at 89.
Madigan and her husband, Todd, opened the H Street shop in 1967, and sold artwork, fine curios and collectibles. Madigan was a retailer from a more genteel time, when conversation was as important as making a sale and no parcel left the premises until she had handwrapped it just so.
“All her customers would tell you they greeted you with a smile,” said Maris’ sister, Valyne McCready told The Californian in May. “Customers would say they didn’t come to buy anything, they just came because Todd and Maris were so much fun.”
The Madigans represented noted artist Clayton Rippey, and displayed his paintings in their shop. Following Madigan's death, customers returned to Cezanne for a last chance to purchase a trove of Rippey paintings from the Madigans' collection.