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THE YOUNG COLLECTORS NIGHT AT THE WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW

James Andrew at the Arader Galleries' booth at The Winter Antiques Show

James Andrew at the Arader Galleries’ booth – The Winter Antiques Show

I can’t believe it but the event of the season is already upon us – of course I’m referring to The Young Collectors Night at The Winter Antiques Show this Thursday evening January 30, 2014 7-9 PM at The Park Avenue Amory. If you have not secured your tickets – now is the time! Get your tickets online here.

We were invited to a special preview recently and, as expected, the show is spectacular, with a marvelous range of objects to suit everyone’s fancy. Of particular note was the Arader Galleries showing — certainly one of the highlights of this year’s show. I’m wild about Frederick Judd Waugh’s 1932 “70 Degrees North” – a dramatic Arctic scene by one of America’s finest Marine painters. Waugh’s powerful depiction of the noble polar bear surveying his Arctic kingdom is truly sublime! And it’s just one of the many superb offerings you’ll find there.

It goes without saying that we’ll be back on Thursday to have a more in depth look at many of the things that caught our eye — the event inevitably brings out the most gorgeous of the city’s glitteratti, and so we’ll be taking the opportunity to do some people watching as well!

I’m sporting a Tom Ford charcoal wool/silk tweed country jacket, Michael Bastian chartreuse wool fair isle cardigan, cerulean blue cashmere turtleneck by Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci wool check pant, Lanvin green hightop sneakers, vintage Rolex, Charvet chartreuse silk pocket square and my fragrance Creed Royal Oud, Tom Ford – bronzing gel providing me with a glorious glow.

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JEAN-CHARLES DE RAVENEL AT THE CHINESE PORCELAIN COMPANY

Collage by Jean- Charles de Ravenel

Work by Jean-Charles de Ravenel

Last year, we were honored to visit the rather ravishing Lyford Cay home of our friends Jean-Charles and Jackie de Ravenel. While there, we were given a first-hand glimpse of the magnificent collages Jean-Charles de Ravenel has been creating, and they’ve been on our minds ever since! And so, as you might imagine, we were beyond thrilled to attend the recent opening of his new show, Cutting Edges, right here in the city at our favorite, Chinese Porcelain Company.

Jean-Charles de Ravenel's Lyford studio

Jean-Charles de Ravenel’s Lyford studio

Work by Jean-Charles de Ravenel

Work by Jean-Charles de Ravenel

Utilizing a unique collection of prints, documents, and photographs, de Ravenel creates striking visual narratives, arranging carefully selected elements to create truly splendid, one-of-a-kind works — here, de Ravenel’s many interests, (from travel to history to fine art and even crystal formation), are arrange and juxtaposed ”…to portray the multitude of emotions felt when faced with any particular form of art, civilization or country visited.” Incidentally, these pieces are in the collections of major style icons like Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti, and are quite hotly sought after! That being said, one might want to secure one for yourself or a loved one post haste.

Artist Jean-Charles de Ravenel

Artist Jean-Charles de Ravenel with his piece for Lisa Fine.

Above: a personalized piece de Ravenel made for our mutual friend Lisa Fine, inspired by a trip Fine took with her mother to India. One would be hard pressed to find a more fabulous and more thoughtful gift than a personalized de Ravenel collage!

James Andrew at the de Ravenel show.

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain Company’s de Ravenel show.

Do put Cutting Edges first at the top of your gallery visits! Exhibition dates are November 14 to November 22, 2013.

Admiring de Ravenel’s works at the Chinese Porcelain Company, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci dusty pale grey blue suede biker jacket, wool checked pant, navy leather slip on loafers and black leather tote, cerulian blue cashmere turtleneck sweater by Dolce & Gabbana, vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

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Resources Rule

James Andrew - East 60th Street.

I love creating something that clients never dreamed possible (or possibly never knew they wanted)! – The challenge is to produce a cohesive statement that reflects the tastes of the the clients – creating an environment that not only soothes and comforts but elates and inspires the spirit.

An indispensable part of being a successful designer is having exceptional resources – one such resource lies at East 60th Street here in New York City – there you will find a brilliant collection of some of the finest antiques and decorations – some of my favorites like David Duncan, Ann Morris Antiques, John Salibello Antiques and many more – Most of these suppliers are only available to the trade – so hire a decorator and create something extraordinary together! Almost every spectacular project has been the result of creative collaboration! You can play Louis XIV and I’ll be your Louis Le Vau – and I know where we’ll find an André Le Nôtre to help us with the garden – lets make your Versailles visions a reality!

I’m here on East 60th Street shopping for several clients wearing a Ralph Lauren silver ski parka, teal cashmere turtleneck sweater by Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen herringbone wool tweed cargo style pant, Lanvin teal suede sneakers, Gucci black leather tote and glasses, Sermoneta purple leather gloves.