|The Biennale des Antiquaires, the chicest and most glamorous of all the world’s art fairs opened to the public last Wednesday at the Grand Palais in Paris. The Biennale has great allure for all those students and collectors of the fine and decorative arts -- from antiquities to contemporary art. It attracts an international coterie in all its different guises -- interior designers with their clients, museum curators with their trustees, and top notch collectors with an eye for beauty and provenance.
This year, under the leadership of Hervé Aaron of Didier-Aaron et Cie., president of the Biennale and the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, the fair looked magnificent with a simplified floor plan that made it very easy to traverse the fair with its the eighty-seven beautiful stands, each of them works of art in their own right. There were pools of water, fuchsia roses, with pink velvet ottomans placed throughout the exhibition. There were also 25 young dealers invited to show a single object. Kraemer & Cie. got a lot of attention and press with their mock-up of the White House Oval Office with an 18th Century French style décor.
Among the crowd were: Hervé and Marina Aaron, Jacques Chirac, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Broad, Peter Marino, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Bouygues, Mr. and Mrs. Henri de Castries, Madame Secretary of State Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, The Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterand, Jean-Paul Cluzel, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Jean-Pierre de Beaumarchais, Mr. and Mrs. Alain Minc, Anna Mouglalis, Prince et Princess Stanislas Poniatowski, Danielle Steele, Monica Bellucci, Mr. and Mrs. Dominique de Villepin, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kravis, Pierre Passebon, Jacques Grange, Prince Amin Aga Khan, Baron et Baroness Eric de Rothschild, Valentino, Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Toledano Delphine Arnault, Victoire de Castellane, Baron et Baroness Albert Frère, Mr. and Mrs. Henri Loyrette, Maria-Pia de Savoie et Michel de Bourbon-Parme, Gong Li, Frédéric Mitterrand, Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand, Azzedine Alaïa, Christy Turlington, Yves Carcelles. Gong Li, Larry Gagosian, Antoine and Delphine Arnault, Jacques Garcia, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Picasso, Lee Mindel, Laurie Tisch, David Kleinberg and Robert Couturier.
Tuesday evening was the Vernissage, which is the Biennale’s official opening. The place is always packed and the champagne flows as heavily as the throngs of people do. Seen in the aisles were Brian McCarthy, Geoffrey Bradfield, Roric Tobin Patrick Gallagher, Alessandra di Castro, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Tom Scheerer, Robert Stilin, Joanne DePalma, Alexander Cohane, Jacques Grange, Liz O’Brien, Juan Montoya, Susan Gutfreund, Jared Gross, Ghenette Zeleke, and Christopher Monkhouse.
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|The Aldyn is a new luxury residential 40 story building overlooking the Hudson developed by Extell.|
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