Friday, February 5, 2010

American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach

Versailles. Jean-Francois Rauzier, photographer. $24,800. Waterhouse & Dodd Fine Art, London.
American International Fine Art Fair
3-8 February 2010,

by Augustus Mayhew

If Tuesday night’s aesthetic convergence at the American International Fine Art Fair was any barometer, frugality fatigue is a thing of the past and Tiffany’s, Graff and Van Cleef & Arpels may want to consider expanding their space for next year.

The Vernissage benefiting the Norton Museum of Art held as the opening night of the American International Fine Art Fair is one of the highlights of Palm Beach’s social season.

After The Norton’s top tier benefactors and donors had the first look at the prestigious far, several hours later, also benefiting The Norton, several thousand additional guests arrived.
Former Governor George Pataki seen among the Old Masters.
“We were fortunate in having more than 5,500 RSVPs for tonight’s events,” said David Lester, organizer of the fair’s 14th edition.

The AIFA Fair offers a range of fine art from classical antiquity to contemporary from 84 international dealers representing 13 countries, as well as the world’s finest collection of haute and period jewelry. Considered the premier art, antique and jewelry fair in the United States, AIFA is the only American fair given 5 stars by The Art Newspaper.

“What a great, great show,” commented Mario Buatta.

Indeed, the fair not only has something for everyone but something sensational, exceptional and extraordinary.

Here is a look at just a few of the showcases that caught my eye just before the doors opened and a passing glance at some of the guests on opening night.
Whitford Fine Art.
Ann Jo Formon at Whitford Fine Art.
The Englishman, Fine European Antique Art & Furnishings.
Tomasso Brothers Fine Art.
Willow Gallery.
Jean Dufy at Willow Gallery.
Gallerie Jacques Bailly.
The Silver Fund.
Waterhouse & Dodd Fine Art.
Roberto Cazzaniga at Buccellati.
S. Bohm Antiques & Fine Art. Vincent Van Gogh at Dickinson Gallery.
Richard Green Gallery.
David Morris International.
Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts.
Inspecting the merchandise.
The 19th-Century Shop.
The AIFA Fair Vernissage benefited the Norton Museum of Art.
Imagination & Interpretation, Paul Manship, artist. East Sculpture Garden, Norton Museum of Art.
Bamboo Hill hosts AIFA Fair reception
Nightfall at Bamboo Hill, the view from Lars and Nadine Bolanders' pool house.
Following his presentation, "Discovering Unknown Fine European Interiors" at the American International Fine Art Fair, Bertrand du Vignaud, president of the World Monuments Fund-Europe, was the spotlight of a reception hosted by Juan Pablo Molyneux and Lars and Nadine Bolander at the Bolanders' artfully-staged plantation house, Bamboo Hill, located on the grounds of the former American Orchid Society.

While the Bolanders were inspired by South African farmhouses for their simply sensational Florida house, I was captivated by the house's Mustique playfulness, platformed open porches, patios and a pergola clustered around the pool strategically stationed to catch every breeze from the east with island-like guesthouses hidden behind the palms and between the tropical trees.
Juan Pablo Molyneux and Bertrand du Vignaud, president of the World Monuments Fund-Europe. Headquartered in New York, the World Monuments Fund has been a leading advocate for the preservation of architectural and cultural heritage in more than 90 countries since 1965.
Lars Bolander, Bertrand du Vignaud, and Nadine Bolander.
Some snaps of Bamboo Hill before the party began.
As guests arrived, I discovered just how great a Great Room can be.
Barry Donahue, Lesley Smith and Dr. James Walsh.
Kate Gubelman, Lars Bolander, and Mai Harrison. Lady Sharon Sondes and Nadine Bolander.
Bertrand du Vignaud, right, and Marilyn White pointing as Paige Rense, left, and John Loring
listen in.
Jean Tailer and Charles Schmidt. Regine Traulsen and Bill Diamond.
Brian Farrell, Steven Stolman, and Justin Klamerus.
Greg Kriser and Anka Palitz.
Jennifer Garrigues and Donna Marzano.
Gisele Coutinho. Darrell Hoffheinz and Christine Davis.
Margo Nederlander and Charlene Nederlander.
Countess du Bonvouloir and Tim Killen III.
Monique Ogilvie and Ronald Lee Fleming. Gerry Goldsmith.
Wilbur Ross and Hillary Geary Ross.
James Andrews, Marilyn White, and Alexander Scott.
Steven Stolman and Dale Coudry. Sondra Palangio and Mila Mulroney.
Richard Toohey and David Laurance.
Jane Ylvisaker and Rod Drake.
The ghost at Bamboo Hill.
Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.

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