|Central Park stretching. 2:00 PM. Photo: JH.|
|The magnificent pear across Third Avenue (looking west) between 80th and 81st Streets. Thursday 3:30 p.m.|
|Guests in the garden of the Frick last night, 11:15 p.m.|
|The atrium, 11:25 p.m.|
|Rockin' in the Rotunda ...|
|Edita Vilkeviciute and Bibhu Mohapatra.||Shayne Doty and Jacqueline Mars.|
|Dirk and Susan Standen, Jessica Stam, Anna Sui, Aaron Young, Yeohlee Teng, Laure Heriard, and Dubreuil.|
|Lulu Wang and friends.||Emma Snowdon-Jones and Campion Platt.|
|Robert Oxnam, Vishakha Desai, Tom Freston, and Kathy Freston.|
|Edward and Betsy Cohen.||Mark Gilbertson and Barbara Tober.|
|William Ivey Long and Sharon Bush.|
|Richard Chai, Shu Pei, Liu Wen, and Phillip Lim.||Polly Onet and John Foster.|
|Michael Joo and Stephanie Foster.||Mrinalini Kumari, Susan Shin, and Donna D'Cruz.|
|And on Friday night, Asia Week New York held their kick-off reception at the Morgan Museum & Library. International collectors and curators head to New York every March to partake in a non-stop of week of auctions, symposia and fascinating exhibitions presented by over three-dozen galleries, from here and abroad. It’s an excellent opportunity to view (and purchase) an astonishing array of the rarest and finest Asian examples of porcelain, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, books, bronzes, prints, photographs, and jades from China, Japan, Korea, India the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia.
The locale for the event was particularly fitting since Pierpont Morgan, the museum’s founder, had a strong interest in Asian art, and he assembled a collection of some 1,400 Chinese ceramics, almost all of which were sold after his death and are now widely dispersed. Moreover, in 1913, the year Morgan died, he was involved in negotiations that—had they come to fruition—would have brought to New York the lion’s share of the Qing imperial collection.
|Among the works on view at the Morgan are: a ritual bronze vessel datable to the Western Zhou Dynasty (ca. 1046-771 BCE), which Pierpont Morgan’s son Jack purchased from C.T. Loo in 1917, and which formerly was in the collection of the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736-1795); a never-before-exhibited Northern Qi (550-577) limestone head of a Bodhisattva, formerly in the collection of Belle da Costa Greene, which came from the important complex of mountainside shrines hewn from the living rock at Xiangtangshan; a Tang Dynasty handscroll (618-907) that transcribes the second chapter of the Mahaparinirvana Sutra; a Kangxi-period bottle vase from the collection of Pierpont Morgan, the last piece of his large holdings of Chinese ceramics that remains at the Morgan; and a selection of documents, in code, related to Pierpont Morgan’s 1913 negotiations to purchase the Qing collection.|
|Guests included Henry Howard-Sneyd, William Griswold, Joan Mirviss, Jiyoung Koo, Jean Shafiroff, Gregory Speck, James Lally, Carol Conover, Tina Zonars, Sir Peter Moores KBE, Roger and Miranda Keverne, Edith Dicconson, Conor Mahoney, Suneet Kapoor, Beatrice Chang, Martha Sutherland, Carlo Cristi, Katherine Martin, Karen Wenders, John Eskenazi, Peter Kang, Arnold Lieberman, Michael and Lisa Hughes, Eric Zetterquist, Oliver Forge, Brendan Lynch, Jonathan Tucker and Antonia Tozer, Sue Ollemans, Erik and Cornelia Thomsen, Michael Feng, Leonardo, Tomaso and Gerolamo Vigorelli, George and Katherine Fan, Christopher Luce, Francesca Galloway, and Catherine Sweeney Singer. www.asiaweekny.com .|
|Catching up. Last last month Couture Council Board Member Jean Shafiroff hosted a private behind the scene tour and luncheon at The Americano Hotel for Couture Council members and friends to celebrate The Museum at FIT’s current exhibition IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA. Patricia Mears, Deputy Director of The Museum at FIT, led the tour. Designers that attended included: Angel Sanchez, Nicole Miller, Maggie Norris, and Mary McFadden.
Luncheon guests included: Noreen Ahmad, Fabiola Arias, Marleen Barr, Alyson Cafiero, Bonnie Cantor, Deborah Chatman, Terry Culver, Allan Daniel, Kendra Daniel, Fe Fendi, Caren Forbes, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Carole Harding, Yaz Hernandez, Chui-Te Jensen, Michele Gerber Klein, Karen Klopp, Yvonne Lee, Kamie Lightburn, Judy Lockhardt, Mary McFadden, Patricia Mears, Maggie Norris, Nicole Miller, Valerie Steele (Director of The Museum at FIT), Heidi Pelczar, Patricia Shiah, Tia Walker, and Clair Watson.
|Lucia Hwong Gordon, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Rose Hartman, and Patricia Shiah.|
|Valeries Steele and Patricia Mears.||Jean Shafiroff and Nicole Miller.|
|Deborah Chatman, Fabiola Arias, Kami Lightburn, and Fe Fendi.|
|Fabiola Arias and Kendra Daniel.|
|Yaz Hernandez and Patricia Shiah.|
|Meanwhile, in Maastricht for The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) ...|
|Within the first hour of Tefaf's opening, Mark Weiss of the Weiss Gallery sold the newly discovered Ditchley Henry VIII, c. 1600-1610 to a European Private Collector for ￡2.5 million or almost $4 million. The 7ft 7in x 4ft 11in oil on canvas was last seen at auction at Sotheby's in 1952.|
|Every year, dealers return to TEFAF with a gleam in their eye; and not simply because this is by definition the best Art Fair in the world. They're smiling because they bring their most treasured pieces, those special items that even their regular clients haven't seen.|
|Christophe van de Weghe, New York, NY.|
|Richard L. Feigen and Frances Beattie, New York, NY.|
|Fabrizio Moretti, London, UK; Florence, IT; New York, NY.|
|Alex Vervoordt, Antwerp, Belgium.|
Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency (Asia Week Gala); Anniewatt.com  (Asia Week); Guy van Grinsven & Harry Heuts, NL (TEFAF)
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