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Palm Beach Fair Vernissage

Mario Buatta, Audrey Gruss and Dr. Michael P. Mezzatesta.

The 12th annual Palm Beach Fair charity benefit Vernissage debuted January 31 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center with record level attendance.  Sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, the Vernissage was a fundraising event supporting the Mosaic Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties.  Adding to the glamour were honorary chairs Viscount and Viscountess Rothermere with Mrs. Martin Gruss serving as Gala chair. Connoisseur Committee co-chairs are Mr. and Mrs. Llwyd Ecclestone as well as Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Ross.

Among the architects and designers flying in for this event were Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Mario Buatta, Bruce Bierman, Geoffrey Bradfield, Betty Sherrill, Joanne de Guardiola and Matthew Patrick Smyth, all of New York, and Bennett Weinstock of Philadelphia.  Interior designer Scott Snyder of New York and Palm Beach was spotted considering a set of 24 early 20th century American silver plates in the shape of scallop shells for a client at the New Bond Street, London firm Partridge Fine Arts Ltd.

Also strolling the aisles were John Loring, Tiffany & Co. creative director; Kim Heirston, New York private art consultant; and Michel Witmer, Paris and New York art consultant who is also a director of The European Fine Art Fair based in Maastricht, Holland.  Prominent collectors included Peter Brant and his wife Stephanie Seymour
A total of 90 international dealers at Palm Beach Fair hailing from 13 countries—Great Britain, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Monaco, U.S.A. and the United Arab Emirates—showcased their best, representing all disciplines of art from classical antiquities to 17th c. Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings, French 18th c. portraiture, antiques from Britain and Continental Europe, as well as Modern and Contemporary Art and the high points of 20th c. design, along with spectacular jewelry.  

Tom Quick, Hilary and Wilbur Ross.

Luce Churchill, Joanne de Guardiola, Carol Mack.

Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant.

Anne Fisher and Diana Ecclestone. 

David Sheperd, Barbara and Jack Nicklaus.

Emilia Fanjul and Arnold Scaasi.

Susan Keenan, David Ober and Dorothy Kohl.


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