Party Jewels

The Poltimore tiara from the estate of the late Princess Margaret to be auctioned off at Christie's in London.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, Christie’s in London is auctioning off jewelry, objets and furniture from the estate of the late Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister. There has been considerable excitement about this auction because it is rare that the public gets to buy anything that was a personal possession of the British royal family. However, Christie’s has long enjoyed the trust of the Royal Family when it came to auctioning off their possessions, and the late princess’ son and daughter are making the sale to meet the estate’s tax obligations. The Christie’s association with the Royal Family goes all the way back to the Duke of York in 1827, the Duke of Sussex in 1843, Queen Victoria in 1901, the Duke of Cambridge in 1904 and the Duke of Gloucester in 2006.

At the Tuesday sale, they will offer the jewelry and Faberge from Princess Margaret’s collection. An antique diamond riviere circa 1900 is accompanied by three handwritten notes naming the necklace after a previous owner as the “Lady Mount Stephen.” It was a gift to the princess by her grandmother Her Majesty Queen Mary. The estimate is £200,000 to £300,000. Another special piece is the “Poltimore Tiara” which was originally created by Garrards in 1870 for Lady Poltimore, the wife of the 2nd Baron Poltimore. The estimate is £150,000 to £200,000. The princess wore it on several occasions including her wedding.

Among the Faberge at auction is a translucent mauve enameled silver clock applied with gold decorative elements, also a gift from Queen Mary. The estimate on this is £600,000 to £800,000.

Among the other auction items is a 9 karat gold gem set cigarette case by Cartier presented to Princess Margaret and engraved with an inscription “from her very devoted Papa” King George VI at Christmas 1949 (estimate £3500 – £5000). Among the several works of art of historical importance is a fan that once belonged to Queen Alexandra (Princess Margaret’s great-grandmother) that had been given to her by her sister Marie, Empress of Russia and given to Princess Margaret by Queen Mary in 1932. (Estimate £400 - £600).

Among the furniture are two pieces originally supplied to George IV including a Regency rosewood firescreen (estimate £800 – £1200), both stamped with the inventory mark of George IV and Brighton Pavilion (and later recorded when removed to Buckingham Palace in 1866).

ReVive products for the taking

We saw part of the Collection at the Moscow World Fine Art Fair last month. Then it was here in New York at Christie’s last week. One day last week, Dr. Gregory Bays Brown, founder of ReVive invited 80 lucky guests to a luncheon at Christie’s, after which they had a private preview of the collection, provided by a representative from Christie’s Jewelry Department.

Dr. Brown saw to it that none of his guests left the auction house empty handed. Everyone was given a gift bag of his ReVive moisturizing cream and some ReVive Intensite, a “volumizing serum.” Guests were so excited I’d be willing to bet many of them would have taken the ReVive moisturizer and Volumizing Serum over a fan of Queen Alexandra’s any day.

Catherine Cahill and Virginia Reagan Coleman

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Isabel Tonelli, and BJ Blum

Allison Stern and Bettina Zilkha

The luncheon atmosphere

Alison Kanders, Minnie Dubliner, and friend

Blaine Trump, Dr. Brown, and Allison Stern

Alison Kanders

Charlotte Moss and Harriet Weintraub

Charmaine Burden

Danielle Ganek and BJ Blum

Daphne Lingon and Marjorie Raein

Melissa Biggs Bradley, Nathalie Kaplan, and Rachel Hovnanian

Debbie Peltz, Andrea Crane, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Dr. Gregory Brown and Carol Mack

Dr. Brown and Melissa Dadourian

Dr. Brown and Jamee Gregory

Jane Larkworthy

Marcia Mishaan

Jennifer Yaffa, Patricia Farman Farmaian, and Lee Galvis

Jill Roosevelt and Debbie Peltz

Kelly Sugarman and Kara Ross

Laura Paulson and Jennifer Yaffa

Lisa McCarthy and Leslie Brille

Lydia Fenet and Tara Rockefeller

Shafi Roepers and Nathalie Kaplan

Wilhemena Hudson and Amy Griffin

Ros L'Esperance

Mary Darling and Amalia Junquera

Muffy Flouret

Tinsley Mortimer

Nina Davidson and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Last Monday City Harvest held its annual On Your Plate luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental. City Harvest is the organization that goes around the City everyday with its 15 truck fleet picking up food that was left over from restaurants, banquets, markets and re-distributes it throughout the boroughs to those who need it and cannot afford to pay of it. It is one of the greatest humane programs in the City where hundreds of thousands of people don’t have enough food and where many children go to bed at night hungry.

The irony of our society is that the people raising the money to finance this great venture are often people who go to bed hungry because they are trying to lose weight from over-eating.

The guest speaker at the luncheon was Jane Brody, the nuitritionist and health columnist for the New York Times. Mrs. Brody is small in physical stature and large in self-confidence and knowledgeability. She said diets don’t work and you can end up gaining weight because when you go off them, you may gorge yourself.

She is a no-nonsense adviser. The best diet is three meals a day and NO overeating. She believes in fruits, vegetables, grains, potatoes, beans, peas “fleshed out” with low-fat dairy products, fish and shellfish, lean meats and poultry. Moderation is the name of the game. Your digestive system, she said, was made to work, so use it. If it doesn’t have any work to do, that’s bad. She also believes in exercise. A good healthy walk every day, some stretching, swimming if you can; ice skating, tennis, gardening, cross-country skiing. She herself is more robust, she believes, now in her sixties than when she was in her twenties.

Topsy Taylor and Heather Mnuchin

Pat Barrick and Arthur Backal

Her lecture revealed her to be one of those no-nonsense women who’s full of common sense and has a healthy dose of self-discipline – not something possessed in abundance by every one of us listeners. She doesn’t believe in entirely denying yourself the goodies – candy, ice cream (although she recommends a low fat brand). She doesn’t use sugar, but Splenda although she does not discredit the other artificial sweeteners. Personally she reminded me of my eighth grade teacher, Miss Williams, who was almost perfect (or maybe she was), was well organized, and patient but powerfully intolerant of nonsense and slackers. I’m sure that if she were your nuitritionist, you’d get down to that healthy weight helped along by sensible daily exercise and a clearer mind, and you’d keep it that way. It helps keep you keen, she says. And I believe her.

This is an important event City Harvest, not only in terms of fund-raising but in bringing greater awareness of the problem to the people who can assist in doing something about it. Carol Atkinson, the co-chair welcomed the group. Jilly Stephens, Executive Director of City Harvest introduced the guest speaker (who was knitting before she was called on to speak). Among the benefactors were Joy and Jonathan Ingham, Emilia Saint-Amand and Topsy Taylor. They make a difference.

Among the many friends they’ve acquired over the years were Sheri Babbio, Betsy Bartlett, Susan Braddock, Hilary Califano, Charlotte and Anne Ford, Liz Finkle Eliot, Diana Feldman, Lorna Graev, Susan Zises Green, Lisa Schiff, Gilian Miniter, Kitty McKnight, Grace Meigher, Mariana Kaufman, Marina Galesi, Arthur and Liana Silverstein Backal, Dixie de Koning, Cynthia Boardman, Richard Edelman, Emory Edwards, Elizabeth Finkle Eliot, Richard Engquist, Polly Espy, Patsy Hanson, Ann Jeffery, Jim Libby, Ellie Manko Libby, Gail Meckel, Michael Neuwirth, Elyse Newhouse, Heather Mnuchin, Faith Popcorn, Howard Pulchin, Josie Robertson, Judy Peck, Liz Perl, Joan Timbers, Melanie Wine Tollan, Wenke Thoman Sterns, Peggy Mejia, Geoffrey Rockhill, Todd Romano, Bonnie Sacerdote, Taylor Stein, Kathy Steinberg, and Sheila Lebrecque.

Bill Bohnett and Emilia Saint-Amand

Carol Atkinson

Topsy Taylor, Joy Ingham, Jilly Stephens, Carol Atkinson, Jane Brody, Gillian Miniter, and Emilia Saint-Amand

Jane Brody addresses the crowd.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s annual Kids In Candyland event was a festive party for adults and children at Dylan’s Candy Bar (1011 Third Avenue at the corner of 60th Street), on a Monday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Magic Al and the music group, Laughing Pizza, entertained and the wee guests created colorful and yummy art, decorated cookies, listened to storytelling and played games. The famous Sasha was on hand to decorate the young faces. Mini-hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese and juice will be served and there will be Goodie Bags provided by Scoop.

Among the Charlie, Lily and Eva Dillon; Bella and Cristina Cuomo; Cley, Lucian and Valesca Guerrand Hermes; Lucie and Guy Regal; Chloe and ErinLazard; Mary and Annabelle Snow; Renee and AlexandraLandegger with little Liesl Brooks; Allegra and Christine Cachot Williams; India, Manzie and Cricket Burns; Lara and Alexandra Glazier with “Aunt” Melissa Berkelhammer; Max, Nathalie and Amy Hoadley; Debbie and Serena Bancroft; Olivia and NathanielKramer; Kim and Lexi Saperstein Colodne; Anna and Arianna Marti; Sebastian and Christina Wood; Eliza and Chesie Breen, or Tracy, Chloe and Hunter Stern.

The event and its 210 guests raised more than $70,000 to help Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s children’s programs.

The event chairs were Alexandra Kramer and Julie Dannenberg. The committee included: Sloan Lindemann Barnett, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Melissa Berkelhammer, Tory Burch, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Eva Dillon, Lauren Dupont, Pamela Gross, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Blair Husain, Erin Lazard, Madeline Cuomo O’Donoghue, Renee Rockefeller, Mary Snow, Dana Stubgen and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer.

Funds raised will help children’s programs at LHNH, the oldest and largest social and educational services agency on the Upper East Side.

Annabelle and Mary Snow

Bella Cuomo and Cristina Greeven Cuomo

Charlie, Eva, and Lily Dillon

Erin and Chloe Lazard

Julie and Lucie Dannenberg

Olivia and Alexandra Kramer

Yaffa and Eliza Shapiro

Melissa Berkelhammer

Lillian H. and Tessa Stern

L. to r.:Anna and Arianna Marti, Christine Cachot, and Allegra Williams; Batman, Dylan Lauren, and Lucie Regal.

Manzi and Cricket Burns

Cley, Valesca, and Lucian Guerrand Hermes

Liesl Brooks and Renee Landegger


Photographs by John Dee (Revive); Jasper-Sky (City Harvest); Scott Rudd/©Patrick McMullan (Candyland).



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