|Looking north along Macdougal St. 3:00 PM.|
|Last night in New York, interior designer Brian McCarthy hosted a cocktail reception in his West 57th Street apartment (see NYSD HOUSE 4.27.07), a kind of kick-off for the American Friends for the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London’s renowned 10-day art and antiques show which opens on June 5th at the Earls Court Exhibition Center.
This is the Olympia’s 35th year. It kind of marks the beginning of the Season in London, with Americans who visit to take in the season with its parties, the Royal Ascot, etc. They fair attracts many of the world’s leading specialists offering a huge range of objects from museum quality pieces to the fascinating and the unusual.
International art fairs are now a must on the world social schedule; people travel from everywhere in their private jets to see. It’s a major attraction for buying, learning and seeing people, including old friends from other parts of the globe. The opening night is a glamorous, champagne affair, bringing out the glitterati as well as the earls and duchesses and princes, etc. Last year many of the American Friends Committee were guests of the U.S. Ambassador Robert Tuttle and his wife Maria at Winfield House, the American ambassadorial residence that was built by Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton and given to the United States several decades ago. Last Year they found themselves rubbing elbows with a broad array of London social life such as Irina Abramovich, Damien Hirst and Jemima Khan.
These kind of cocktail receptions in New York are always friendly affairs. The interior design community is all-business/all-the-time and they are well aware of their colleagues and competitors’ work and progress, so there is much to talk about. These are men and women who love their work, their business and often even their clients.
In the crowd: Pamela Banker, Ed Lobrano, Christopher Mason, Virginia Coleman, Alex Papchristides and Scott Nelson, Matthew Patrick Smyth (see NYSD HOUSE), Mark Gilbertson, Stephanie Stokes, Wendy Moonan, Susan Gutfreund, Andrea Stark, Rod Winterrowd, Sally Brady, Todd Bishop, Geoffrey Bradfield, Michael Simon.
Approximately two hundred and fifty of the art and antiques world’s best known names will return to Olympia this June showing their finest examples intheir specialist areas. Also joining them will be a number of new exhibitors, hand picked to participate because of their outstanding reputation and stock.
Fine furniture will be exhibited by Pelham Galleries of London and Paris, specialist suppliers to some of the world’s major museums and private collections. One of France’s leading furniture dealers, Phillipe Perrin, will be exhibiting for the first time bringing 18th century French furniture and works of art.
Also new for 2008 is Antoine Chenevière, based in London and an international authority on Russian furniture. He will show furniture from the Golden Period (1780 – 1840) in addition to European pieces. Third generation dealers, Thomas Coulborn & Sons will present an impressive array of English and Continental pieces, principally from the 17th and 18th centuries as will Lucy Johnson, a specialist in Spanish and Italian Renaissance period furniture and French Haute Epoque.
The fair is also a showcase for a growing trend in 20th century works of art and in 2008, Gordon Watson again exhibits contemporary furniture and decorative items, particularly popular with the glamorous celebrities who frequent the Fair. Joining him will be Mullendorf Antiques, the Belgium-based specialists in 20th century works of art and furniture.
Some of the finest silver and gems can be found at the Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair. Rare and exquisite silver will be exhibited by Koopman Rare Art, a firm that has placed works in some of the world’s most important collections. Jewellery always creates a stir at the Fair and no more so than on Peter Edwards’ stand where he specialises in works made by the great 20th century designers including Paul Flato, Pierre Sterlé and Suzanne Belperron, many of which were made for the Hollywood legends such as Ginger Rogers and Judy Garland. Epoque Fine Jewels are new exhibitors to the 2008 Fairand are currently one of the leading dealers in antique and period jewelry, selling works by jewelers such as Cartier, René Lalique, Fouquet, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany and Boucheron.
Specialist dealers will include Jacqueline Simcox with Chinese textiles from the 15th to the 18th centuries; Vanderven & Vanderven Oriental Art with fine Tang ceramics and exceptional export porcelain; and Jorge Welsh, the specialist in Chinese export Porcelain and expert on the Portugeuse export market.
Also exhibiting are Timothy Millett, one of the leading authorities on historical medals; Tunbridge Ware experts, Amherst Antiques; objects of vertu from John Jaffa, whilst those seeking the eclectic and exquisite will be wowed by the prodigious collection from Finch & Co.
The Fair opens on Thursday June 5th and runs until Sunday June 15th, and all works of art will be for sale. To book tickets or for opening times and further information visit www.olympiaartsinternational.com.
|I left the McCarthy apartment, hitching a ride with Ed Lobrano to the Upper East Side where I was having dinner with my old friends Marianne and Steve Harrison at Swifty's. Swifty's was jumping. Coincidentally we were seated next to Dominick Dunne. This was very interesting to Marianne who is a big DD fan and told the man that he was the only reason she read Vanity Fair. Dominick was having dinner with London's Nicky Haslam and Nina Garcia. Across the way Felicia Taylor was deep in conversation with Richard Ziegelasch, and waiting for their table was gallery owner Leila Heller and friend.|