Thursday, February 7, 2013

Palm Beach Social Diary

Mallett. London & New York. Chandelier.
2013 American International Fine Art Fair opens
The International Art, Antique and Design Fair of the Palm Beaches

By Augustus Mayhew

On Tuesday night, I trekked over to this year’s American International Fine Art Fair held at the convention center on WPB’s Okeechobee Boulevard. Although this year’s event appeared trimmed from previous years, I surprisingly found quite a few galleries and art works that I liked. Mallett never disappoints, if not a sensational presentation. Berengo Studio 1989, a Venetian glass gallery, showcased an array of glass artisans. I enjoyed several Cubist-Constructivist paintings by unfamiliar artists. Then, there was Christopher Walling’s museum-quality necklaces composed of colossal Chinese pearls

With my raw vegan house guests gone back to the cold, I am no longer awakened by the sound of hammers gently opening Thai coconuts and a concert of whirring mixers blending exotic powders, raw eggs, Italian mineral waters, vegetables, and frozen organic berries into potent elixirs.  As a house gift, they left me 25 large brown folded paper bags from Whole Foods. My every-other-night vegan dinners at Darbsters finished, I am free to indulge in a cheeseburger and fries at Michael McCarty’s or the savory guava roast pork nachos at Lantana Jacks, a new venture opened by three former employs at The Breakers who seem intent on making their fortune with food and drink.
Fabergé and the Richard Green Gallery flank the entrance to the 2013 American International Fine Art Fair.
American International Fine Art Fair
5-10 February 2013 - Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach

Diamonds, gems and pearls
Fabergé. Geneva.
Geza von Habsburg. A noted Fabergé expert, von Habsburg is one of the Fair's guest lecturers.
Yvel. Founded by Issac and Oma Levy in 1986, Yvel represents a century-old family tradition of gold and pearl designs.
Bayco. New York. The most precious stones in the world.
Masriera. Barcelona. Art Nouveau jewelers since 1839. A.R.T. 249 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach. The incomparable work of Christopher Walling.
Christopher Walling.
A.R. T. Palm Beach. Pearl necklace by Christopher Walling.
VIP Lounge.
Mother and daughter. Marion Donahue and Marion Gay.
Worth Avenue gallerist Sara Gavlak graces the cover of the Spring 2013 issue of Palm Beach Life magazine.
Darrell Hofheinz, editor of Palm Beach Life magazine, and Christine Davis, feature writer for the Palm Beach Daily News.
Mike Thomas and Cecelia Hesketh.
Carole Gigliotti
David Lester. David and Lee Ann Lester are the founders International Fine Arts Expositions, one of the largest fine art organizers in the United States.
Scott Moses and Michael Ridgdill. Scott is director of archives and programming for the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. Michael is president of the American Friends of British Art.
It appeared everyone was engaged in the art of conversation as I managed not to see anyone texting.
On walls and pedestals
Waterhouse & Dodd. London. Portrait of John Ridgely Carter, 1901. John Singer Sargent, artist.
Alexander Gallery. New York. Portrait of Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg, c. 1790s. John Singleton Copley, artist.
Brenda Straus and Nancy Mendel.
John Fariello and Courtney Earley.
Rhody and Barry Hausauer.
At this year's fair, guests were accommodated with more casual seating areas.
Furniture and Objet d'art
Mallett. London & New York.
Mallett. London & New York.
Valerio Antiques. Coral Gables. Antonio Amada, president.
Valerio Antiques. Coral Gables.
A.B. Levy's. 211 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach.
A.B. Levy's. 211 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach.
Robert Lloyd. New York. Silver Warwick champagne vase. George III period, 1818. $285,000.
Berengo Studio 1989. Venice, Italy. Glass sculpture. Zak Timan, artist. Berengo Studio 1989. Venice, Italy.
Berengo Studio 1989. Venice, Italy.
Thalen & Thalen. Francorchamps, Belgium. Contemporary silver objects.
Imperial Fine Books. New York.
Mallett. London & New York.
JGM Art LTD. London. Australian contemporary art. The triptych painting titled Gum Creek is by artist Freddie Timms, priced at $35,000.
JGM Art LTD. London. Contemporary aboriginal paintings.
Richard green. London. An image from a Munning's painting is imprinted on a translucent fabric to separate the gallery space,
Richard Green. London. Sporting works by Sir Alfred Munnings.
Lovey Handelsman. Her husband Burt Handelsman is among Worth Avenue's most prominent property owners. Ron Mandell.
Helen Musco and Lili Papp.
Karina and Graham Howard.
Leslie Randolph and Judy Schrafft.
Alexander Gallery. New York.
W.H. Patterson. London. Bacino di San Marco, Venezia & Fishermen on the Venetian lagoon. Antoinetta Brandeis, artist. $69,350 for the pair.
Archeus-Post-Modern Gallery. London. Still Life with R. M. 1986. Biddy Bunzi, artist.
Setford Bridges Gallery. Glen Falls, New York & London. Abstract Composition, c. 1940. Rolph Scarlett, artist. $100,000.
Richard Green. London. Composition monumentale. Auguste Herbin, artist. $600,000.
Gallerie Schukin. Paris & Moscow. Still Life with a Violin. Lyubov Popova, artist.
Setford Bridges Gallery. Glen Falls, NY & London. Nude, 1930. Frederic Taubes, artist. $65,000.
Rue d'Convention Center began to fill following the first hour's VIP reception.
Guarisco Gallery. Washington D.C.
Untitled, 1985. Gene Davis, artist. Along with Morris Louis, Davis was associated with the Washington Color Field painters
Corfield Morris. London. Fine and decorative art advisors. Martyn Downer and Tim Corfield. When I asked the title of the conceptual work behind them, Tim Corfield explained that it was a blank wall as they were not there to display art but to introduce themselves as art advisors.
Mallett. London & New York.
Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.

Augustus Mayhew is the author of Lost in Wonderland – Reflections on Palm Beach.
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